17 March 2020

Cutting Edge - The Metallurgy of the Japanese Sword

Organised by:

SCI's London Group in collaboration with The Welding Institute

London, UK

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Characterized by its curved, single-edged blade, the Japanese sword is one of the world’s most iconic and widely-recognised blades. Due to its highly-regarded status in Japanese society as a whole, the art of forging a sword was one of the most perfected arts in Japan, with many swords being family heirlooms as well as weapons on the battlefield. 

Japanese sword blades are a composite of varying carbon content steels forge welded together and selectively quenched. The sword is then polished in such a way as to reveal the metallurgical structures, making the sword both a weapon and a work of art.

The talk will briefly cover the types, fittings and assembly of the sword before looking at the production of the steel, the forge welding of a blade, the heat treatment that the blade receives on completion and the metallurgical processes involved.


18:00 Tea and coffee

18:30 Technical Presentation

20:00 Buffet

A cash bar is available.
Venue and Contact

35 Craven Terrace
W2 3EL


Conference Team

+44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: branches@theweldinginstitute.com

This event is free to attend, but please register early to secure your place. 

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