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  • Erick Erick

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! Taro-san is so welcoming and has so much passion for what he does. the workshop is informative fun and very enlightening. if you appreciate Japanese blades and want to see Japanese culture from a passionate master-swordsmith who truly loves what he does and answers all of your questions with utmost thoughtfulness and heart then go and experience this with the best.
    Thank you so very much Taro-san for welcoming me into your home and teaching me how to create a knife that i will always value. you are an excellent teacher and the workshop is the most memorable experience i have of my trip to Japan. Thank you and your wife Rika-san, so much. Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu!

  • Christopher Christopher

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! If I could give more stars for this I would! Taro was a great teacher, and the day was tons of fun! We were super happy with our knife, and excited to have such a great souvenir from Japan! Tarps wife made us lunch which was also Amazing! This truly one of Voyagin's best experiences, for price and value!

  • Christina Christina

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I signed up for this course after looking for forging classes in Japan. I have taken some courses in Canada before, and my husband has never taken any. We both took the class and Taro made the experience enjoyable for both of us.

    The day began with a description of the knife forging process, and selecting the shape of the knife we would like to make. The morning was spent hammering the knife into a basic shape on the anvil and heating the carbon steel in the forge.

    Lunch was prepared by Taro's wife - and was incredible! I won't spoil the details, but suffice to say it was the perfect break after a morning of exertions.

    The afternoon was spent further shaping the knife handle and blade, and tempering the knife using the oil technique. We also were shown how to engrave a symbol on the handle that represented our 'mark'.

    This was the highlight of our Japan trip. And next time we are there, we would definitely take the class again. Taro is very skilled and has a great sense of humour - don't miss this!

    Christina and Jason

  • Darryl Darryl

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! This was by far the best experience we had in Japan and well worth the cost! I would have probably paid double and I don't say that lightly :). Taro was an excellent host, who was friendly, understanding and patient. He let us learn out our own speed while jumping in when we needed that little boost of help. His wife and him served us a lovely lunch where we had a good chat with them, Taro's English is pretty good! I will recommend this to anyone visiting Japan!

  • Cerra Cerra

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I'll just start by saying wow.

    This was one of the most fun things I've ever done, it was difficult, but incredibly rewarding. Taro is a great teacher- he takes you through the history and process before starting you very slowly. He explains everything thoroughly, and offers great tips. Working so closely with him was a pleasure (The lunch his wife cooks is also delicious)!

    You get to work with raw materials, as well as use his forge that is 100 years old. He's very steeped in the traditions and knowledgable.

    He works closely with you to achieve whatever look of knife you want to make. They take photos of you and print them to take with you, so you get some cool action shots of hammering.

    At the end you feel really accomplished, also a bit sore, but mostly accomplished. I highly recommend this experience. It's just so freaking interesting, unique and special. It's super freaking cool, my friend and I were both elated we had the chance to do this, and we can't recommend it enough. If you have the chance to do it, I'd do it.

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