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Knives Making Class (Private only)
- Adult from 2 pax
Highlights of this experience:
- Awesome souvenir
- Find your hidden talent
- Result of a work-out
Unique local experience
Nestled in Kien Hung Commune, Ha Dong Town, Hanoi, the small, but prestigious village – Da Sy has a long – standing history of forging profession. Historically, two blacksmith ancestors of the profession – Nguyen Thuat and Nguyen Thuan came to the village several hundred years ago and taught forging technics for locals. During the Vietnam wars, the village was the main source supporting weapons for Vietnam military. However, when peace returned to Vietnam 40 years ago, the locals returned to making to agricultural implements such as ploughs, rakes…
The work of making forging products is hard and complicated with various processes, such as making rough drafts, keeping fires burning, hitting red-hot iron into shape with hammers, tempering (strengthening) the metal with water – and then sharpening the final product.
Duration: 4 hours
Group Size: 1-5 people
Time: @08:30 – 12:30 | @10:00 – 14:00 | @13:00 – 17:30 | 14:00 – 18:00
Meeting place: Hotel pick-up in the old quarter
Private/Customized Tour: Available upon request
Inclusions: Tour guide, Transportation, Materials, Instructor
Exclusions: Personal expenses, tips, food and gratitude for tour guide
Good to know: Customers should wear comfortable clothes. Flip-flops are NOT recommended. Shoes/ sneakers/ sandals are recommended and Breakfast/lunch before the tour.
In this course, you will go through all processes of making a simple knife. First, a design for the shape of the blade is made on a sheet of metal, especially chosen for its long-lasting strength.
Using a hammer, cutter and anvil, the blade and tang (the metal part which extends into the handle) are cut out and then thrust into the crackling embers of the furnace.
Alternating blows with the maker, the learner will then work the blade with a hammer to continue shaping it. The blade then has any imperfections trimmed by a hydraulic cutting machine, before it heads to the grindstone to be sharpened.
Sharpening happens in several phases, including one round of being soaked in a special tar-based chemical wash, the recipe for which is a closely guarded family secret.