This is a 1-day beginners class, where you will learn how to forge and finish your own handmade knife.
Participants will make a small utility knife, roughly 20cm total length (blade length around 10cm). If you would like to make a larger knife please contact us about a custom knife making class.
You will have full access to Shea's studio, the induction will cover basic use of the forge, blacksmithing tools, grinding and cutting tools and standard workshop health & safety practices.
If you would like to bring your own steel or timber please contact us prior to the class so can advise on there suitability of your materials.
This class will cover:
Forging - You will be drawing out the steel (this will depend on what kind of steel your working with) and forging the profile of your knife
Grinding and sanding - You will be using the angle grinder and belt sander to refine your knife profile, remove forge marks and clean back your blade
Heat treating the blade - The knife will be hardened and tempered to give it the hardness, toughness and flexibility it needs to perform as a knife.
Handle making - You can select a handle material from our stocks or bring your own timber/handle material. You will measure the handle material to fit the tang then sand it down to your selected design.
Sharpening - Finally the blade will be sharpened and ready for use.
There is a limit of six places per course.