A beginners knife making course
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About the Course
In this knife making course you will make a rustic style knife over four hours out of 1045 carbon steel. I will take you through the forging process step by step (you will be doing all of the hammer work so have your weetabix). You will learn how the heat treatment is done, from the normalisation to tempering and how to sharpen your blade on the belt grinder, then add a simple leather rap handle.
I will also answer any questions you may have. There is a £40 non refundable deposit to book your course with the balance payable on the day. To book email me via the contact form above with the date you would like book in. The course starts at 10am and runs for up to four hours. I take a maximum of four people per date.
I have put a picture of a simple knife I have made but you are welcome to do your own design. You must be 18 or older to do this course.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
You will be provided with a piece of 1045 carbon steel all the tools you will need, plus all the protective equipment, eg. gloves, glasses and leather apron, but please dress in old clothes.
Just got back from this knife making course with Andy. Got to say I had a great time. Andy is very knowledgeable and a great instructor, he lets you get on with it while giving you pointers and guidance to keep you from making too much of a mistake. I've always wanted to have a go at forging a knife and I wasn't disappointed. Smacking a red hot piece of steel into shape is so much fun! Definitely recommend this to anyone. Amazingly, at the end of 4 hours or so I ended up with a really nice knife that both looks good and is razor sharp!
Andy Turner - - #15755
I had booked this course as an anniversary treat for my wife & I as we had enjoyed watching it on TV &i had always had an interest in weapons ect.
We had a fantastic day in the forge which far surpased our expectations, you were given clear instructions on what to do & they had planned the activitie in such a way as to allow you to find your sea legs & grow your confidence as the knife forgeing progressed.
Although the instructors were on hand to help/advise & would correct any errors quickly as they occurred you really were left to do the majority of the work so at the end you have a massive sens of achievement & pride in what you made.
I would happily recommend this course to anyone who is curious about blacksmithing or just looking for something different to try. Dont be put off thinking you might not be physically able to do it as you will suprse yourself my wife is very slightly built & found the hammering hard but managed to turn out a beautiful knife.
It is a fun relaxed day with some cool relaxed instructors! Give it a go you will love it.
Paul Webzell - - #15582
Fantastic experience. Andy is knowledgeable, affable and patient. This was from start to finish a great day and Andy was a fantastic instructor explaining, demonstrating and then let me get stuck in. I will not only be recommending this to others but looking to go back again myself. Cheers Andy.
Barry Millman - - #15181
I'd been keen to try blacksmithing for a while now, but have no experience in this field.
I was bought the 4hour lesson and managed to get when there were no other "students.
The forge was as I expected, covered in soot and smelling of burnt steel. It has everything you need and set out really well. What I didn't expect was Andy. Top bloke. Really friendly and for me was really knowledgeable and enthusiastic, which is exactly what you need. Always had something to say and explained the reasons for what you were doing.
There is no mucking about either. Straight into it... forging the knife from a molten billet of steel and four hours later having a finished article (well for four hours work anyway).
Andy talks you through each step and shows you what to do "once" so you get the feeling you actually make the knife, which I have to say is so very rewarding.
For me personally this was a brilliant experience and have now got the bug. I'm already looking at booking a further session to learn more. I would highly recommend for anybody interested in blacksmithing/bladesmithing.
Stuart Marlow - - #15088
I was bought this course as a present after getting into Forged in Fire (I know....). The course was absolutely brilliant, really insightful and the actual way to make a knife, not just what you see on TV, Andy even joked that you don't get to see the boring bits but even those bits were insightful. Andy had a apprentice/ friend there at the time and the mentoring received was great. Both were clear and direct with their instructions, patient and even corrected some of the minor (or major, if you don't listen) mistakes. The day flew and at the end myself and missus had made a knife each that we were both proud of. Highly recommend the course and I will be going back to do other courses. Well worth it.
Matt Wood - - #14781
Absolutely brilliant course. Was bought this as a Christmas present.
The forge is right at the bottom of a private road. When you get there, Andy hands over a lump of metal, explains the science behind it, turns on the forge, then it’s about 4 and half hours of fire, hammers, and grinding. You come away absolutely knackered, massively satisfied, and you’ll have a very cool knife for cutting steaks and wood. Would recommend this as a brilliant gift for anyone stuck in an office. Thanks Andy!
Chris - - #14396
I was bought this for a Christmas present and I could not be happier.
Andy was fantastic throughout with providing knowledge and guidance but emphasising that the knife is mine to make, with his support. It was a safe, but laid back environment. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, and I would like to go back to do more!
Jack Forsdike - - #13329
Went with a friend and after a slight delay finding the forge (at the end of the road but it looked like it was No Access) had a fantastic time. Andy is a great teacher and doesn't rush you. It is really exciting to see the blade emerging from the steel after all the hammering. Even more fun is cleaning up on the grinders. The finished blade looks much better than i thought it would! I'm definitely intending to go back
Phil Francis - - #12588
I've been on a couple of Andy's courses now and have massively enjoyed every minute. Andy has the time, patience and knowledge to explain the techniques and process's of blacksmithing in a way that really allows you to learn and progress. Alongside this you will produce an individual knife you will always be proud of, I know I am. Highly recommend
Dave Brearey - - #12188
I had a great day with Andy, could not believe how fast it went. I was very pleased with the quality of the knife I made with Andys expert help, I have come away with something unique to keep and use. Thoroughly recommend to anyone looking to do something completely different and very gratifying!
Andrew Chilcott - - #11768
A great day for my 18 year old son.His birthday present turned out to be a fantastic triumph thanks to Andy’s paitience and tutorage. A proper charcoal forge (not gas) gave my son the full experience which even with the sweat and aching arm couldn’t wipe the broad grin from his face. Thanks Andy you really made his day
Simon Dowdy - - #11658
Had a fantastic day with Andy. He was very knowledgeable and answered any questions. This was hands on from the word go until the knife was completed.
He was great at letting me have a go, crack On and only stepped in when needed. My favourite birthday present ever! So good I’m currently trying to work out how to turn my shed into a smithy! I would recommend this to absolutely anyone who has an interest in blacksmithing.
Tim Mobbs - - #11237
Fantastic course amazing setting learnt so much very informative and authentic course. Definitely recommend them s course brilliant day.
Mark bennett - - #11174
what a great course . I had a fantastic afternoon with Andy,
and with it been 1 to 1 i learnt a lot, because Andy is patient my hammering got much better to (well it couldn't get worse)
very good value for money .I will definitely be back to have another go.
mark bunce - - #9628
Had a brilliant day with Andy. He's patient, able to instruct an demonstrate. Also takes time to explain why things are done. Wish i could go and do it again tomorrow. Will definitely be back for another go at the forge.
john docherty - - #9330
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