The video contains information about:
* Traditional Japanese sword geometry and terminology
* Forging techniques
* Grinding techniques
* Heat treating differentially hardened blades
* Clay Hardening/Hamons
* Tools and Materials including choosing the right steel
* Sources of Supplies
The video is intended to be useful for novices as well as experienced smiths. In the video I make three blades -- a tanto, a wakizashi and a shinogi-zukuri katana. My basic approach is to start with the simplest projects using the most basic tools (the first project requires only a file, a hacksaw and sandpaper), then working up to more technically demanding projects using more expensive and complex tools. That way, no matter what your experience or how much equipment you've got, there's plenty here for you. Particular emphasis is put on the little details that characterize traditional Japanese sword geometry.
The basic idea with all my videos is that I'm trying to convey all the stuff that I wish I could have found in one place back when I was learning to make blades!
I should note that I call this DVD "How to Forge Japanese Style Blades" because I don't want to give you the false idea that I'm attempting to recreate traditional Nihonto here. While I do make blades from folded steel that I smelt myself (tamahagane), I thought that was a bit much too bite off for one video. This video just focuses on forging monosteel blades.
For those of you who've bought any of my videos in the past, I've tried to step up the production quality on each video. We've all seen instructional videos where somebody basically set up a camera in the back of a noisy, dark shop and rolled tape. Nothing wrong with that...but I tried to do better. As a result this one took me about a year to script, shoot and edit. It's shot entirely in Hi-Def so you'll be able to see every detail on that honking big widescreen TV you just bought. I literally shot five to ten hours of footage for every hour that shows up on the video, with probably around a thousand individual shots taken, including super-close-up and multiple angle shots so that you can really see what I'm doing.
Length: roughly 3 hours
Price: $69 + shipping ($5 in North America or $10 international)
If anybody is interested in more details, just shoot me an email or check my site. I've also got DVDs available on other aspects of making Japanese blades -- including polishing, mounting and a special one that focuses on hamons. Search Don's forum or check my site for more info.
Edited by Walter Sorrells, 03 December 2010 - 10:06 PM.