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  • John John

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! I went on a day where it was just me. Taro and his wife were extremely kind to me, and I also LOVED their own dynamic too. They were one of the cutest pairs I've seen in a long while haha. Both would ask me questions about my trip in Japan as well as where I stayed in the US, yet they were still able to be clear in their instruction and helped me make my knife! It was really fun to get to know them, as well as coming out of this experience knowing a bit more about forging and sharpening knives!

    I would DEFINITELY recommend this for anyone in Japan; it was definitely one of my favorite things I've done there.

  • Tamsin Tamsin

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith!

    Make your own samurai knife with a certified swordsmith! This was truly the most fun we had in our 10 days in Japan. We came from Kyoto - which was just 30 minutes on the train. My 13 year old son and I spent the day learning about and making the most beautiful knives. Seeing how much work it takes - makes you appreciate the ease with which we buy things these days; making our own knives showed us how much skill it takes to do it well (and the sweat equity it requires!) and finally - the finished products are SO fab. We have used them every day on our return to the US!

  • 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