This is a 1-day beginners class, where you will learn how to forge and finish your own handmade knife! Our classes of upto 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.
In this class participants make a small utility/paring knife, roughly 20cm total length (blade length around 10cm) with a timber handle.
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.
- If you would like to bring your own timber please contact us prior to the class so we can advise on the suitability of your materials. If you would like to make a larger knife please contact us about a custom knife making class.