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Just wanted to let you all know that there is still space in the intense 3-Day, American Style Tanto workshop that is being given by the NESM and taught by Nick Rossi, here is a link:



We're going to have some cool blades come out of this one and in just 3 days.


Further inquiries can be directed to dglaser@newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com




here is a class description:


American-Style Tanto with Nick Rossi

Tuition: $375.00

Class run: December 17-19,2010 (3 days)

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up, competent belt grinding skills recommended.


Popularized by custom knife makers such as Bob Lum and Phil Hartsfield, the Japanese influenced “American style” Tanto has become very popular over the last 10 years. This fast paced three day class will cover design, grinding, heat treatment and handle wrapping. These knives will be made using the “stock removal” process so no forging is involved. The knives will be heat treated using the traditional method of clay hardening to produce a temper line or “Hamon”. Students should expect to complete a chisel or double ground American style Tanto with a polished and etched temper line and a treated, cord wrapped handle by the end of the class. The skills learned in this class directly translate to the manufacture of any style of stock removal knife. Students should be comfortable with the use of a belt sander, drill press and basic hand tools.

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Just wanted to say that Nick is a really talented craftsman and this class will be worth it for anyone getting there feet wet, or wanting to try something different. NESM is a great venue with lots of recouces and a newly remodled doorm/accomidations. Dereck and the rest of the staff are helpful and knowledgable. Check it out! ~Herb

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