3 Day Kitchen Knife Course

COVID-19 Due to the current ongoing situation I have cancelled my 3 Day and 5 Day courses, because of the complicated and interactive nature of them. I’m still running 1 Day classes with social distancing and sanitation measures in place and I’ve halved the number of students I  take on the 1 Day classes. I will be running a full schedule as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Please sign up to the mailing list so I can let you know when I have scheduled more courses.

This is a specialist 3 day class concentrating on the particular techniques of forging a kitchen knife.

On this course we will forge a 7 – 8 inch kitchen knife.

To secure a place on this course a 50% deposit is required, the remainder being payable one month before the course begins. Alternatively, you may pay the full amount on booking.

Description

No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:

  • 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
  • Fitting a simple handle.

The blades you make will be made from EN42J high carbon steel (or similar)

We will concentrate on finishing a single kitchen knife blade over the 3 days and will fit it to a handle.

You will go away with your own finished hand forged kitchen knife, fully ground and sharpened. We also make a smaller blade as a practice piece to get used to the forging process. There won’t be time to finish this practice blade, but we have pre made handles available to purchase should you wish to take it home finished. I like to make my kitchen knives elegant and thin and we will be forging and grinding to make you a knife that will grace your kitchen for a lifetime.

If you would like the option to make your kitchen knife with damascus steel (twisted or random) or with a burlwood/walnut handle, this can be added as a purchase option. Some students like to take the 3 Day Damascus class before this class to use their own-made damascus to forge their kitchen knife.


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).

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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.