Saturday June 16

Japanese Knife Making

Japanese Knife Making

Ancient Japanese Style Hand Forged Knives

Hot Stove Society is excited to present Arnon Kartmazov, owner of Bridgetown Forge in Portland, for a very special lecture-demo class.

Arnon is a blacksmith who specializes in making knives in the style of ancient Japanese hand forged knives.  Heavily influenced by Japanese design and sensibility, Arnon prefers to leave his forge marks on the knives, creating beautiful, natural looking patterns so you can see where his hands and hammer touched the blade.  He also stamps each knife with a chrysanthemum, a very Japanese symbol, as a way to honor his teachers. Each knife Arnon makes is beautifully unique and one-of-a-kind.

Arnon was born in Russia and moved to Israel, where he grew up.  In Jerusalem, he trained under the last surviving blacksmith in Israel.  Arnon spent 12 years in Japan learning from the descendants of Japanese sword makers, where he learned that form follows function.  Arnon’s definition of a good kitchen knife comes from the modern Japanese swordsmith Yoshindo Yoshihara: “A Japanese sword is beautiful because it is sharp.”

As Arnon lectures, Hot Stove lead, Jamie Freedman, will demo a delightful menu of otsumami (Japanese bar snacks) and a family style nabemomo (hot pot), which you’ll enjoy tasting while you learn about hand-forged Japanese style knives. A glass of wine or beer is included.

Arnon will be happy to answer your questions and chat with you.  He will be bringing in some of his very special knives to offer for sale.  (Tip: something to consider if you are still looking for an out of the ordinary, utterly unique Father’s Day gift!)

Lecture topics by Arnon include:

  • Different steels / composites/ ceramic/ and why he prefers carbon steel
  • Smithing: temperature, shaping, and forming
  • Knife sharpening and various sharpening stones

Demo Menu by Jamie Freedman:

  • Otsumami: Assorted bar snacks
  • Toasted dried squid
  • Kimchi
  • Nabemomo: Hot Pot of Shao-xing chicken and garlic beef with rice noodles, fish cake, squash, mushrooms, napa cabbage and daikon

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Japanese Knife Making

Hotel Andra
Saturday June 16
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Enroll $75.00