Nihonto No Ryu

Nihonto Japanese Samurai Swords

Rick Barrett Sword Forge-in 2009

I attended a Rick Barrett class to study Japanese sword forging, heat treating and fittings skills.  The seminar was held at Rick Barrett’s forge in Indiana.  There was study and instruction on sword forging, tempering hamon, where we clayed and tempered our own blades.  There was also study on habaki, fuchi, kashira, seppa making, along with tsuka and saya crafting,.  We also carved our own mei and filed/finished nakago. This was extremely interesting.

We also celebrated with Saki and performed some Tamegashiri during our gathering.  (Not in that order!)


It was super fun, interesting and I learned to appreciate the skill that goes into making art swords to beyond my expectations.  The highlight of the seminar was working with and having such skill as SadaHito assist you on your tasks.  Enomoto SadaHito from Mashima City, Japan, is one of the two brothers carrying on the Gassan school, and works in the tradition of the Soshu Den.  He is the son of Enomoto SadaYoshi, who was taught by Gassan SadaKatsu.   Having SadaHito-San assist in filing your nakago, or watching him prepare a blade for heat treat, Yaki-ire, or carve horimono, is a once in a life time experience.














Enomoto SadaHito San and I at Rick Barrett’s Forge in Indiana, September, 2009



Rick donated a katana for auction, in honor of SadaHito's visit and SadaHito commemorated the event in the mei. I just don't know exactly what SadaHito-San signed in the mei inscription...can anyone literally translate this this??  I own it now, but still waiting on delivery once Rick is done with it…. Quite a memory.

It is a beast of a blade in 1075.


This was an experience that I will never forget. I came home with goodies and a new wealth of knowledge.  SadaHito is beyond generous, in his sharing of knowledge.  Many thanks to Enomoto SadaHito and Rick Barrett for hosting this wonderful event.

I will post more on this adventure in time to come.



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