5 Day Sword 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 5 day course to forge your own sword from start to finish.

On this course we will forge a double edged, Medieval Arming sword.

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:

  • Forge safety
  • Forging the blade to shape
  • Grinding and shaping the blade
  • Thermocycling (reducing grain growth, which is an undesirable effect of over heating steel)
  • Hardening and tempering the blade
  • Fitting a cross guard, handle and pommel

We will be making a single handed, double-edged arming sword (or similar.) Cross guards and pommels and handle material will be provided for you to customize and fit to the sword.

These will be real “sharp swords” and we will have a chance to test the blades against ‘Tatami’ mats and hanging rope (time allowing.)

The course will be conducted using basic hand tools, hammer, anvil and fire. There will also be powered grinders at hand to speed the process along.

This will be an intensive 5 day course. No previous forging experience is needed. You will however need determination !


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.