No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:
- Forge safety
- Using a gas forge
- Forging the blade to shape
- Thermocycling (reducing grain growth, which is an undesirable effect of over heating steel)
- Blade shaping, using grinder file and abrasive paper
- Heat treating
- Blade finishing, sharpening, and edge testing
This is my most general bladesmithing or knife making course and covers the fundamentals of forging, grinding and heat-treating a blade.
We will forge a knife blade, but there is scope for you to forge a blade of your choice, in the past students have forged bushcraft blades, kukry, perang and bowie knife blades .
You should end up with a finished blade over the three days, and more than one if you take to it. The class does not cover handling (not enough time in my opinion) however I run a 2 day handle making class as an extension to this class so you may finish off making a knife from the blades you have made during this class. Some students prefer to make their own handles at home. (link)
The blades you make will be made from plain carbon steel which is a good forging and forgiving knife steel. Or there is an option to make your knife from my damascus steel (please enquire price will depend upon the type of knife you want to make.)
The course day runs from 9am - 5pm.
Safety equipment is provided for all the classes but please ensure that you have non-flamable clothing and sturdy shoes (preferably leather). No shell suits, fleeces or synthetic flammable materials (cotton and wool are perfect).
Please read the terms & conditions before booking a course.
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Further information may be found on the Courses FAQ.
Please note, the minimum age to attend a class on your own is 18.