In our two day class students will create a hand crafted kitchen knife! Our classes of up to eight students are a great team building experience and are suitable for all skill levels. Students will receive an induction covering basic use of the forge, blacksmithing tools and power tools along with standard workshop health & safety practices.
Our class covers:
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.
Choose handle materials - Select a handle material from our stocks or bring your own timber/handle material. Pick a fitting material, usually brass or perspex, and cut a slot for the tang of the 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 will measure the handle material to fit the tang, glue the handle and use the belt sander to shape it to the desired size.
Hand sanding - Using sandpaper, sand the timber to a smooth finish, making sure to round sharp angles.
Polishing and sharpening - Finally, you will polish your blade and it will be sharpened the blade ready for use.