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Tamahagane Tanto Forging Class

June 26 @ 9:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm EDT


 Tamahagane Tanto Forging Class

5 Day Class with 2kgs of Tamahagane – $3,000 CAD* ($2,300 USD at 0.75 rate)

*All Costs in Canadian (CAD)$$

Some of our very first classes with Fusataro showing people how to develop their bladesmithing skills were 5 days long.

Because this will be Fusataro’s last session teaching people how to forge in Japanese methods with traditional Japanese sword steel, we wanted to provide an opportunity with a lower threshold to participate, but the work pace for this class will actually be the most intense of any of our classes in order to accomplish all that’s required in the time allotted.

Students will be provided with 2 kgs of Tamahagane included in the course cost, but will not be provided the opportunity to purchase additional Tamahagane to work with, as with our 10 Day Tamahagane Sword Class.  The main reason for this is because the additional work required with more material is unrealistic to accomplish in 5 days.

The work performed over the 5 days will be as follows:

Part 1 – Making a Tamahagane Billet

2 Days of Hard work


Ideally, students will be required to complete the following in the allotted amount of time:

  • Flatten Tamahagane into wafers, break, sort & stack.
  • Consolidate and forge weld into billet
  • fold your billet a minimum of 15-20 times.

Students will mostly be performing forge welding work on material that is not forgiving.  This is a skill that we have taught to people for the first time, but we definitely recommend you practice forge welding for this class beforehand.

You will learn the fundamental properties that are looked for in the steal used for in Japanese swords. Traditional fluxes are used throughout this process and the primary fuel used will be charcoal.

Students will be required to process charcoal for the group.  It’s an opportunity to step away from the fire, as students will learn breaks are a necessary part of the process but that doesn’t mean we stop working.

There will be 6 forges, one of which will be constructed in Japanese style with box bellows and they will all use charcoal for fuel.

Part 2 – Forging the Blade

3 Days of Forging to heat treatment

Your billet will be hammered from the billet you’ve just created into a blade shape of your choice over three days.  It will then be heat treated with water as the quench medium.  The goal at this stage is to really refine your hammer technique and maximize your material.

This entire course is condensed and this portion is no different.  Good hammer control, temperature management and a developed eye for lines will all play a role in your success.

When you’ve completed shaping the blade, a clay mixture is then made and applied to the blade using various clay application tools.  You will then quench the blade in water at the critical moment.  Various techniques will be discussed with students, but the quench is yours to make.

Although we guide your experience, this is very much your work.  From beginning to end, this class is as open an experience as you can have with Japanese sword smithing.

*The Student Kit and Lunch Meal plan are Optional purchases.

Student Tool Kits

$850 CAD

Fusataro is again willing to make Japanese sword smithing tool kits for students.  These are available as an optional purchase.  The kits include the following items:

  • 1 1/2lb Japanese sword smithing hammer
  • 3 specialized tongs
  • 1 Clay application tool
  • 1 signature chisel


5 Day Lunch Meal Plan

$125 CAD

We are offering a $25/day meal option.  Meals will be ordered and delivered from various restaurants throughout the area.  Montreal is a great food town, so be prepared for a hearty range of options to keep your strength up.

If you have dietary restrictions please wait to purchase the meal plan when class begins to discuss your needs in person.  We will try to accommodate dietary restrictions, but do not guarantee we can meet your needs.

*The Student Kit and Lunch Meal plan are Optional purchases.

Previous Experience

 We highly recommend having some previous experience for this class, at minimum in the form of a basic blacksmithing course.  Introductory blacksmithing courses are available almost everywhere and we will help source one close to you if required.  Examples of basic blacksmithing classes are available through our partners. THAK Ironworks & Les Forges de Montreal:


**All Costs in Canadian (CAD)$$

Although it may not seem that way, on a cost/day basis we’ve managed to reduce the overall costs to less than previous versions for this last class.

This is the only opportunity you will have to make a full length blade with a Japanese master sword smith without enduring the feat of a 6 year apprenticeship.  It would not be possible for you to perform this work under any other circumstance.

If you have any additional questions you want to ask before signing-up, please contact us by phone or email (info@ironden.ca)

1 (800) 499-3792


We will update this page with more accommodation options, but we really suggest looking at  https://www.airbnb.ca/ to find plenty of great options.  Use the shop address below to plan your trip:

H3C 2H9



June 26 @ 9:00 am
June 30 @ 5:00 pm
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Les Forges de Montreal
227 Riverside
Montréal, Québec H3C 2H9 Canada
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