2 day knife/axe making courses



Calling all fans of Forged in Fire, come down to the forge and make your own knife/axe. We start off by drawing and planning your knife/axe, then move on to the magic of drawing out your design from an innocuous piece of metal.

Once you’re happy with the knife/axe shape and design we start to construct the handle and any other decorative touches you want added. By the end of the course you will take home a beautiful and functional piece of art. If you’re daring enough we also offer a Forged in Fire testing session, and video for an additional fee.

This is a 2 day course costing £300.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Resfreshments and materials all provided.


Gary at Friargate Forge

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Unit 6 Cuerden Green Mills
Sherdley Road, Lostock Hall

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 days (9:30am to 5:00pm)

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Jon - - #38569

A really fun and enjoyable 2 days spent making an axe.
Gary and Joss were both great throughout, providing support and advice to make a good quality piece even with no prior knowledge. They also give you enough flexibility to make it feel like you've made something truly unique and bespoke at the same time.
Would recommend to anyone who wants to experience being a blacksmith

Richard - - #34639

Spent three days with Gary and Joss turning lumps of grey metal into something special. These guys know everything about their subject and no question goes unanswered.
You can check out what my partner and I made :


Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, even a last minute change in handle materials wasn't too much trouble.
Thanks guys, truly brilliant.
Rick & Carmel

Laura McBride - - #33463

I booked the axe/knife making course for my partner Owen's birthday. He loves Damascus so I contacted Gary to ask to pay to upgrade it and he had no problems.

Gary and Joss were absolutely brilliant. To say that Owen had absolutely no experience in a forge they gave clear and accurate instructions. I would recommend this course to any of my friends or family.

And to have come away with such a stunning axe is amazing. Thank you Gary and Joss for such an awesome course.

Owen and Laura xx

Dan Hipkiss - - #32798

Absolutely brilliant experience from start to finish, and the final product is way beyond anything I could have expected. Having seen what other people have made with different courses, I'm totally pleased that we made the right decision here. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Gareth McMann - - #31332

This course is fantastic! Gary and Joss really know their craft and have a great ability to pass this knowledge on in such a way that in just two days you can take plain stock material and fully forge, grind, heat treat an finish a quality knife. After the two days I now have a beautiful and functional kitchen knife that I have the pride in knowing that I made, every time I use it.

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks so much glad you like your knife!
Gary + Joss

Michael Bennett - - #31250

Absolutely brilliant course. Gary and Josep are very easy to work with and excellent teachers. Highly recommend anyone who is interested in giving bladesmithing a go tries this course.

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks, was a pleasure working with you

Matthew Pendlebury - - #30638

What a great experience forging with both Gary and Joseph. Both lads masters of their craft who will help in any way necessary to create the perfect blade. Had a great time creating my damascus blade and it is exactly what I expected after watching Forged in fire. A lot of hard work and timely advice in how to go through the whole process from start to finish of forging and grinding a knife.

Thanks lads

Peter Smith - - #30339

Just finished a thoroughly enjoyable 2 days of axe making at Friargate Forge with Gary, a man with a real mastery and love for his craft. The course struck just the right balance of hands on (sweat inducing!) experience with enough assistance and guidance to ensure that you leave with an axe to be proud of. Just got home and my hatchet made short work of splitting a partially seasoned cherry log. Would definitely recommend.

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks Peter was a pleasure having you at the forge and you did superb well done 👍

Elaine Garner - - #28635

An absolutely fantastic experience, I can’t recommend Friargate Forge enough. Gary and Joss are so passionate about what they do. I have been a fan of Forged in Fire for years, I finally took the plunge and booked a knife making course instead of sitting watching other people doing it. I hoped to make a basic knife on the course. My knife is a thing of beauty and with Gary and Joss’s patient teaching and assistance I can say I actually made it! I enjoyed every minute of the course and am so proud of the result.
I am planning my next visit and can’t wait.

Josh Campbell - - #28564

Absolutely amazing 2 days, I managed to make an axe that I'm proud of and gained a huge amount of new skills in metalwork, as well as having a really good laugh doing it. Gary teaches in a way that is attentive without being overbearing and I've thoroughly enjoyed the course in every way.

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks Josh, was a pleasure having you at the forge
Thanks again

Ruth - - #28527

Gary was amazing at arranging this fantastic experience for my partner's birthday . He was welcoming and extremely helpful and skilled and my partner had a fantastic time 😊
His knife is incredible and Gary was a great teacher. I would recommend this to everyone really great fun . Thanks Gary

Response from Friargate Forge:

Thanks was an absolute pleasure

Mark Husband - - #26980

I could not be more delighted with this course or with the knife I produced. Gary is fantastic to work with; happy to let you get on with it when you are confident in what you are doing, but always available to provide a deft touch or piece of timely advice when needed.

I had a very defined idea of the knife I imagined as did the other two guys on the course. Three very different knives! All three of us were complete novices but with Gary's support we all ended up with exactly the knives we wanted.

I am coming back to make a kitchen cleaver. I know what I want to make and know that I can do it at this forge.

Could not be better!

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