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A San Mai Knife
using the ancient Japanese

We'll be making a smallish general use knife whose blade has a solid steel core and sides made of... something else (mild steel, wrought iron, purchased patternweld, the result from our Patternweld Billet class...), forged, annealed, filed and ground, hardened, tempered, and handled.
The student will have the choice of making the handle a pinned-slab full-tang or a whittle-tang.
We have some handle-wood, if there's something in particular you want to use, bring it.

Note: It should be expected that completion of the knife handle will require work done outside of class (Open Smithy at PHF, or in the Student's own workshop), our supply of woodworking tools is limited.

12 hours in 4 three hour sessions    dates&times

Prerequisite:
The student will have finished at least Rudiments 4, preferably Rudiments 6,
be comfortable with the idea of forge-welding,
and will have taken our Nothing but Knives class.

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $500
Maximum 4 students, one per forge

Gift Certificates for A San Mai Knife are available.

If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
Add yourself to the Wait List for this class.
(The wait list gets notified soon after classes are put on the schedule.)

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient.), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Click here for more safety information.


Dates and Times:

This class is either:
- not upcoming on our schedule,
- or we've fallen behind in our clerical duties and not entered it in the database.
If you found it on our calendar page, we are planning to offer it on that date.

If you're interested in taking A San Mai Knife and it's not on the calendar, please tell us using our Waiting-List Page.

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