Japanese Cleaver



Isaiah Washington

Class runs: February 7-10

Tuition: $550

 Material Fee: $60

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, basic forging skills are very helpful.

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In this four day workshop students will complete a forged, hidden tang Japanese Style Vegetable clever known as a Nakiri. Students will learn the forging process of making a clever style blade, as well as heat treatment of 1084 material, grinding, and handle carving. The handles will be carved in the Asian Wa, or octagonal style. Safety, material selection, tooling, and knife design theory will also be discussed. The blades will be 1084 high carbon steel with an optional metal bolster and choice of exotic or figured hardwood handle. Students should expect to complete one 5-7” clever knife. Beginner bladesmithing skills are strongly recommended but not necessary. 


Students should be familiar with basic forging processes to be successful in this class. A minimum of a beginners blacksmithing is super helpful.