Welcome to Ridgeback forge. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join me in forge so you can hand forge a small knife with a 5" blade, and a finished and polished handle. You will be welcomed to the forge with a refreshing beverage and we will undertake the mandatory safety brief. Once that's out of the way, we'll light the forge and we'll get started. You will use a hammer and an anvil to forge the steel to shape so be ready for a bit of a workout. I will be on hand at all times to offer advice and encouragement but also to step in and help out if required. Once we're happy, we'll rough grind and heat treat and then it's on to the bevel grinding. Once you have a good looking knife, we'll add and shape a handle, clean and polish it and finally we'll machine sharpen it so you leave with an amazing and more importantly, functional knife that you can be proud of. The maximum course size to 2 people per day.

What's included in the price?

Forging can be a fairly mucky business so please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Please wear long trousers, sturdy footwear such as work boots or walking boots and a long sleeve t-shirt or shirt, preferably made from natural fibers. Also, it can be chilly in the workshop when the forge is off so please bring warm clothing. Shorts, flip flops, vests etc are not appropriate, so please don't wear them as you won't be able to participate. We will provide all the PPE that you will need for the duration of the day. We will provide tea, coffee, biscuits but please bring your own lunch.


Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


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Ridgeback Forge

with Craft Courses since 2023

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Parking provided
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Easter
  • Stag dos
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Corporate days out & team building
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Ridgeback Forge, Annan, Dumfriesshire, DG12 5PX