About the Course
Classes are held in my workshop in Southampton. Starting time is 9am until 5pm (approx). Maximum of 2 students per course. After initial safety talk/workshop induction we will discuss the blade options that you can make, I offer several choices. The work will involve, heating blade in gas forge, hammering at the anvil to basic shape/profile, normalise blade, grinding blade to shape, drilling holes (depending on style chosen). Heat treating blade and final grinding and sharpening. Handle options are dependant on the style of blade you chose to make.
The options are - twisted handle forged knife, Brute de Forge utility/hunter with Para cord wrap handle, Roman style kitchen axe/cleaver or herb/meat chopper. You will leave with your chosen blade in a cordura knife case or sturdy cardboard herb chopper box.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tea, coffee, cold drinks and biscuits on hand as we know forging is thirsty work. All materials and tools needed plus leather aprons, gloves, hearing protection, safety glasses and any respiratory equipment will be supplied. You will need to wear warm suitable clothes; long trousers, long sleeved top, preferably cotton and robust leather shoes. No shorts or flip flops please, admittedly not much of an issue during winter, but you know what we get like when there's a bit of sun on show.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
What a fantastic day! From the minute I arrived Steve was on hand to make me feel very welcome and enthused for the day ahead. With safety always at the forefront of his mind he was able to expertly guide me through the entire blade making process from picking the style of blade I wanted through to the finished article. At each stage I was provided with every opportunity to impress my own ideas on the design of the blade. Throughout, Steve was on hand with expert guidance to ensure that the end result would be something I was going to be extremely happy with. The day was also made all the more enjoyable with some engaging chat along the way, in fact I am already looking at when I can book my next course. A really enjoyable day and highly recommended. Thanks Steve.
Stuart Hughes - - #25160
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Stuart
Really enjoyed my day with Steve and learnt a lot with a brilliant teacher. He made it fun even when it required some hard work. To say I'm pleased with the knife we made would be an understatement, I'm chuffed with the result! Many thanks Steve for a great day at the forge.
James Lawrence - - #25076
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi James
I was very impressed by the website & the reviews on it. Coming from abroad especially for the one day course, it was very important for me to have a memorable good experience as a metal-works lover.
Steve was very kind & a friendly interesting person with lots of know how & patience to teach.
My experience at his very well equipped workshop was great. Our work was all documented in photos & videos on his Instagram. The knife was forged to my personal preferences, according to the possibilities & Steve's guidance.
I warmly recommend this workshop experience.
Shir Raiter - - #24756
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Shir
My second vist to Steve's White Tiger Knives forge was just as brilliant as my first, if not more. Steves passion about knife making and skill shined through effortlessly without faltering throughout the long day in the shop. I tipped up for the one day course with my own design, a wood carving knife based on a Scandinavian puukko design. Not Steve's prefered choice of knife but with complete professionalism, enthusiasm and buckets full of banter he assisted me and coached me in completing my design. The end result being a working functional wood carving knife that I absolutely love. Thank you steve!
Tom - - #23923
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Tom
Absolutely brilliant day!
This was my first experience of Bladesmithing but definitely won't be my last (due to the experience I had).
Matthew Egginton - - #23845
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Matthew
Steve was an excellent teacher, explained why we were doing what we were doing, and answered all questions that we had. This was not my first bladesmithing experience day, however, Steve gave us an experience far superior to those previous.
We very much enjoyed our day with Steve and will booking with him again.
I cannot recommend him enough.
Scott - - #23726
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Scott
A great day spent with Steve getting a very small insight into the skills needed to be a bladesmith. From choosing the style of knife, to forging, grinding and the final wrapping of the handle it was a fully hands on course. Steve gave us plenty of instruction and then let us loose only stepping in to help if issues/problems arose. When my blade didn't want to play at times Steve's perseverance and skills ensured I left with a blade I was totally pleased with. Relaxed yet professional atmosphere.
Steve has a vast knowledge of the subject and an easy teaching manner I would happily recommend this course.
DANIEL MAIDMENT - - #23162
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Daniel
I have just done the one day course. I cannot recommend highly enough. Steve is a natural and patient teacher, allowing you to step outside your comfort zone during the process. For me teaching is all about drawing out something which is already inside; this kind of parallels the way we drew out knives out of the lumps of metal that they began as. He keeps everything flowing, has loads of interesting stories, and a real depth of knowledge in his craft.
Some of the technical pieces he has around the workshop in various stages of completion are super geeky (in the best possible way!). The whole process was immensely satisfying, watching the knife come to life through each of the steps is brilliant.
If you enjoy working with your hands, if you would like a knife that feels like a part of you - that you forged yourself - then look no further. Sometimes five stars are not enough....
justin - - #23017
Response from White Tiger Knives:Justin you and Dan worked your socks off, in lets be honest pretty warm conditions on your blade smithing day. You both created beautiful knives and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your day so much, thank you.
My son and I spent the day with Steve and throughly enjoyed every minute. Steve is a great teacher who loves his craft and that comes through in everything he does. We made two beautiful knives and learnt a lot doing so. I throughly recommend his courses to anyone interested in knife making. Thanks so much Steve!!
Stuart - - #22994
Response from White Tiger Knives:Thank you for your kind words Stuart it was a pleasure to have you and Wil in the shop for a day. Great students, great man blades and a great day.
I couldn't rate my day's blacksmithing with Steve highly enough. The day was incredibly satisfying, and I felt like I really got some 1:1 tuition. The knife I made is awesome and it has really left me keen for more forging. Thanks again to Steve, I would recommend the day to any budding blacksmith/someone who just wants to spend a day getting their hands dirty.
Chris - - #22807
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Chris
I've just done a two day chef knife making course with Steve, and from start to finish the experience was great, l cannot recommend enough!
Steve was beyond helpful and passionate about making sure you get the best blade possible. It is wickedly sharp and a thing of beauty. I would like to thank him for making it a brilliant experience. I definitely have been bitten by the bug and will be booking another course with him in the future.
Ben Jacobs - - #21748
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Ben
I took my son on Stephen's 1 day bladesmithing course. I was slightly concerned that being 13 he wouldn't be able to handle the tools properly, but this was not a problem. Stephen shared his expertise and with patience and passion, guided Fred through the process of transforming a nondescript piece of steel into a beautiful and razor sharp knife over the course of the day in his den-like workshop. Stephen is generous with his time and humour, super knowledgeable and has an infectious passion for the craft and next level knife-making skills. I'll book again for sure.
Michael Brewin - - #21739
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Mike
I met Steve a while ago at a different forge and had been waiting to go down and learn some more about making chef's knives from a master. Steve is an artist in iron and you could live with him for a year and not run out of things to learn about bladesmithing.
In two days I ruined his course plans, asked him to do all sorts of things he hadn't expected, forced him to use my own unsuitable materials, tried a technique neither of us had used before and generally was a pain in the backside. But Steve took it all in his stride, adapted his lessons, helped me work out how to get the best result with what we had and kept a smile on his face the whole time.
An excellent teacher, a passionate bladesmith and won't just force you down a cookie cutter approach to knife making but give you the space to make your own decisions and own your mistakes and learn from them. I'll be down there to ruin his week again later this year, I have another crazy project in mind already.
James simonds - - #21328
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi James
Had the most rewarding 2 day course with Steve in his excellent and well equipped workshop. Turned a rusty hunk of metal into a beautiful and functional knife, I've got dozens of books on knife making but learned more in 2 days than I have in the past 3 years. Brilliant
David Dunn - - #21314
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Dave
Was an amazing day and Stephen was great. He made sure that the knife was turning out how I wanted and is a great tutor. Highly recommended him to any skill level.
Kev - - #20761
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Kev
From start to finish, two whole days producing my own bespoke chefs knife, the experience was awe inspiring. Very modern spacious workshop, contrasting old with new machinery, Steve is an artisan of blacksmithing, very knowledgeable who sets very high standards. I wholly recommend any course of his. Exceptional!
malcolm white - - #20401
Response from White Tiger Knives:Malcolm
This course was great fun and I really learned a lot. Steve is a very good teacher and it was a privilege to be tutored by one of the best knife makers in the world. And what a fantastic workshop!
I am very very happy with the knife we made and as a beginner I was particularly satisfied with the sharp and beautiful knife I can be proud of. I have chosen some wood for the handle and will fit these to finish it.
Steve was very kind and patient and expertly explained and demonstrated every step of the process before allowing me to do it, and let's not forget the coffee,tea and biscuits and wonderful chats with a great sense of humour! I enjoyed it so much I've just booked another course with him. Can't wait to make my very own chef's knife. I cannot recommend Steve highly enough.
Liz DE CHASTELAIN - - #19124
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Liz
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