Walter Sorrells is a swordsmith who forges swords and knives designed to appeal to the martial artist and the collector of Japanese-influenced blades.
Because Walter is a practicing martial artist who has studied a number of Japanese sword arts, he demands that his work not only be attractive, but functional. Walter forges a wide variety of blade types, from high performance blades inspired — but not limited by — the Japanese tradition, to very traditionally made blades forged from folded tamahagane, the traditional steel used by Japanese smiths for over a thousand years.
Ever wanted to make knives or swords? Walter continues to expand his instructional video output, this time with a video aimed at all knifemakers. The hour and twenty-five minute video — Tools for the Knifemaker – outlines all the tools you’ll need to start making knives. The good news…you can get started on this absorbing hobby for around a hundred bucks. Click on the VIDEOS tab at the top of the page for more info.
Check out the video below in which Walter tests the cutting ability, durability and edge-holding of a katana he recently forged.