Knife Making Workshop

In a Time-Honored Blacksmith Village

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$34.00 per guest
Hosted by Hoang Sinh

Highlights

  • Experience first hand how to forge your own hand-made knife, from scrap metal to finished product using traditional methods that bring out a better quality to your knife
  • Learn to forge a knife under the guidance and supervision of our local blacksmith resident of Da Sy village
  • Discover a day in the life of a local Vietnamese blacksmith in Da Sy village
  • The venue will be at the actual blacksmith's home based workshop, a truly authentic experience you cannot get anywhere else
  • You get a rare photo opportunity forging knives at a local blacksmith's workshop
  • You will have made a unique one-of-a-kind knife that you can use back home

Inclusive of:

  • All equipment, tools and materials necessary for the workshop
  • Knife to take home with you
  • English speaking facilitator
  • Light refreshments
  • Mask and eye protection accessories

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Hanoi (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Knife cover
4.8 Out of 5
52 Reviews
Jessie Taylor New Zealand
5
20 May, 2019

The Backstreet Academy staff member was really friendly and informative. The class itself was absolutely amazing!!! We h...

Sam Pepper United Kingdom
5
2 May, 2019

Great few hours learning how to make a couple of knives, hosts were really welcoming and informative about the process a...

$US 34.00 per guest
3 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Nestled in Kien Hung Commune of Hanoi, Da Sy, a small but charming village is notable for its long-standing history of blacksmithing. Historically, Da Sy rose to prominence as a blacksmith craft village after two blacksmiths named Nguyen Thuat and Nguyen Thuan from a nearby province taught the locals a highly advanced form of forging. Ever since, Da Sy has been known prominently for forging steel weapons for the nation's military during periods of war. Although the village’s “golden age” has passed, local craftsmen are keeping the traditional blacksmithing craft alive by staying relevant with the times. Since peace returned to Vietnam years ago, the people of Da Sy resorted to making agriculture & household implements such as ploughs, rakes, machinery parts, scissors & kitchen knives. The work of forging is labor intensive involving many steps, such as drafting and templating shapes, consistently maintaining fire in the furnace, hammering the steel into shape, tempering and finally shaping and sharpening the final product. However, its interesting to know every family has a secret 'recipe' in how they go about forging steel products. And just like a family dish recipe, the secret is passed down from generation to generation. In this workshop, you will visit a local resident, Mr Sinh and forge your own knife in his family workshop. During the process of crafting your own knife, you will notice that Mr Sinh uses a special secret liquid that is applied on the knife that make it unique - what that liquid is, we'll leave it for you to figure ;)

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • You do not need previous blacksmith experience
  • Safety: There will be certain parts of the workshop which will strictly be handled by the instructor only - guests are required to abide by the safety measures put in place
  • Dress Code: Long sleeves, sun glasses and covered shoes are recommended. Dresses are not recommended for females

Upcoming availability

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Your Local Host

Hoang Sinh

Mr. Hoang Sinh was born in the family with 3 generations making knives and scissors so he learned this trade when he was very small. Sinh and his wife have been working hard every day to make the best knives and sc...

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52 reviews from people who took this experience

Jessie Taylor New Zealand
5
20 May, 2019

The Backstreet Academy staff member was really friendly and informative. The class itself was absolutely amazing!!! We had the best time making knives and learning about the craft and the blacksmith himself. Would recommend this to everyone.

Sam Pepper United Kingdom
5
2 May, 2019

Great few hours learning how to make a couple of knives, hosts were really welcoming and informative about the process and history of the area. Would fully recommend it as something you will scarcely have the opportunity to do anywhere else. Only half an hour or so from centre of Hanoi and we'll wor... Read more

Mitchell de Vries Australia
1
23 Apr, 2019

++Please note: Backstreet Academy have been excellent in addressed the issues mentioned in this review++ We came away from this experience with a sour taste in our mouths. The experience promised three hours of learning with a knife maker, and light refreshments. What we received was a rushed 90 ... Read more

US$ 34.00 per guest
52 Reviews