Stainless Steel San Mai

with

Ben Seward  JS

Class runs: October 21-25

Tuition: $700

Material fee: $90

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, must have both bladesmithing and pattern welding experience.

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As makers, we are always looking for the “Best of both worlds” and in knives, that means a blade that would perform like a high carbon tool steel but would not rust. In this 5 day workshop we will be cladding the sides of a piece of high carbon steel with stainless steel, using the Japanese 3 layer or “San Mai” construction. Forge welding stainless steel takes special considerations and award winning Journeyman bladesmith Ben Seward will guide students through the process. Students will be making billets of clad steel and experimenting with forging blades using patterning techniques to achieve different effects in the stainless to carbon weld zone. Students can expect to forge and potentially finish 1-2 blades in this class.

This is not a beginner workshop. Students must have experience in both pattern welding and blade forging as be comfortable in the use of a press and power hammer.

san mai

 

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