In our 2-day knife making class students will create a handcrafted 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 you're 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.