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Hanzo04

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this question was probably already asked but, how can an american learn to be a swordsmith of the japanese sword? thanks
 

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1. Find a swordsmith.
2. Become an apprentice.
3. Work hard.
4. Learn.

The details are left as an exercise for the student.

David
 
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Hanzo04

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i guess the next question is where. do i have to go to japan or is there someone in the U.S.?
 

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Taimishu said:
There are some very good swordsmiths in the states. Try a search.

David
I have done a search with little or no luck is there any other way to do it, can I go to a blacksmith and still get the same results

PPKO
 

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An ordinary blacksmith? not really. A typical blacksmith works wroght iron, not steel. (Not to take anything away from their artistry by the way!) A farrier adds the skills needed to shoe horses. Both are a long way from being weapons smiths.
Anyone interested might try checking out a local custom knifemaker (one who forges blades rather than grinding them from stock), but even then there is said to be a great deal of difference between forging a 6-12" knife and a sword.
Paladin Press does offer some books and vids on swordsmithing, so they are a resource (can't vouch for the quality, only know they have the titles).
 
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