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Bladesmithing experience day

Finished Knife

Duration: one day

Price: £180

Book with: Steve Nowacki
at White Tiger Knives

167 King Georges Ave
Regents Park
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 4LD
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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.



Want to review this course?

Steve, you opened up a new world for us with your one day bladesmith course. A truly fascinating, absorbing and entertaining day!
We love the knives we produced with your help and guidance and really want to come back and do it all over again.
Darren’s been costing out what he needs to get the basics..just needs a proper shed for it!

Thanks again, it won’t be the last you see of us!

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Heather

Thank you for the great review, I can see the both of you spending a great deal of time making knives. Like I said once it bites you you're a lost cause. It does become quite an all consuming passion, they really are functional pieces of art. If you need any info in sourcing kit you know where I am.

Kind regards

Steve

I'm a fan of Stephen's work on facebook and instagram.
Therefore i travelled from Belgium (Antwerp) to Southampton. I'm an experienced metal en wood fabricator (milling, lathe work, welding, construction, designing and I studied for luthier). Stephen coped with this in a way to keep everything more than interesting.

He has a good feel for people and is a skilful craftsman.
He sets you in a direction but he leaves more than enough room to do your own thing, so at the end it really is your personal manly man's chef's knife or elegant and lovely peace of art chef's knife.

It gave me a big boost of energy and now I'm thinking of setting up my own forge and anvil.

I learned a lot and had a great time,

Hope to see you again next year.

With kind regards Arvid

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Arvid

Thank you for your kind words, it's very gratifying to hear how much you enjoyed your two day course with me. Your skill and ability were evident right from the beginning and I could see how comfortable you were working in the shop. This showed it self in that lovely faceted holly handle you made for your knife. Get that anvil and forge up and running as we discussed and you'll be well on your way to making your own knives. I'll have to come over to Antwerp to your shop for a two day course with you then.

Kind regards

Steve

Completely outside of my comfort zone, not something I've ever done before. Steve made us feel right at home, explained absolutely everything in such a way that we understood exactly what was going on, guiding us through the process and giving expert advice throughout. He's a professional through and through, and you can tell from the second you walk in that this is his passion. Would recommend wholeheartedly.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Charles

Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad that you and Katie enjoyed your bladesmithing day so much. It was a pleasure to have you both working in the shop. The days are always long and full on and I was impressed with your determination and dedication working through the blisters and all to create two beautiful knives, well done.

Kind regards

Steve

Steve ran a very professional and enjoyable day and my friend and I both learned a lot for a first introduction to knife making. We will return next year for the two day course to develop these skills further.

Steve is very accomplished but still keeps a sense of fun and camaraderie which made for a great environment to start learning this interesting craft. Highly recommended.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi John

I'm really gald that you and Bruce enjoyed your one day class with me that much that you would like to come back on the two day course next year. Once I have these dates available I'll get back in touch, thank you both once again.

Kind regards

Steve

Had a brilliant day with steve, his knowledge and passion for his work can’t be beaten. He made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived and was an excellent teacher...and provided an enjoyable day all round, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience and will definitely be returning in the future! The blades we made will take pride of place in our homes for sure. Thanks again.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Luke

It was great to meet you today and a pleasure to catch up with Ray again. It's great to know that you both enjoyed your bladesmithing day so much and are so pleased with the man blades that you created, thank you once again.

ATB

Steve

What a great day today was!
This bladesmithing day was bought for me as a birthday present, and it was by far the best one I’ve ever had. It was interesting, entertaining and wholeheartedly fulfilling. I can’t recommend it enough.
Steve is a talented smith and a great teacher, who not only helped me make (and take home) an incredible knife to be proud of. But has also inspired me to do more smithing in the future.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Alex

I'm really glad that you enjoyed your bladesmithing day so much. It really was a pleasure to have you work in the shop and see the knife that you created. You'd be more than welcome to come back again to heat and beat some steel.

ATB

Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Stuart

I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your day so much. It was full on, but we tried some different techniques and a couple of design tweaks that really put your mark on the blade that you created. I'm glad that you're as happy with your finished man blade as I was. I'm sure when you present this to your son that he'll be honoured to call this custom blade his own. I look forward to our next excursion in the workshop.

ATB

Steve

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

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi James

It was a pleasure, I'm chuffed that you enjoyed yourself so much and I know that your man blade will serve you well.

Kind regards

Steve

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.
Have fun!!!

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Shir

I am really pleased that you had such a great day making your knife with me. Choosing to do a bladesmithing day with me while you were on your holiday from Israel was an honour for me and it was a pleasure to meet your parents as well. I hope you have your blade in that vice you told me about and proudly on disay in your room. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.

Kind regards

Steve

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!

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Tom

Thank you for your kind words and I'm totally chuffed that you like your man blade that much. You worked damn hard to complete that little beauty in one day and I think nine and a half hours from start to finish for a hidden tang blade of your own design was really good going. Keep her sharp and I look forward to seeing what you make with her.

Kind regards

Steve

Absolutely brilliant day!
This was my first experience of Bladesmithing but definitely won't be my last (due to the experience I had).
Totally recommended!

- - #23845

Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Matthew
I'm really pleased you enjoyed your day with me so much and it would be a pleasure to see you bladesmithing again in the near future.

Kind regards

Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Scott

Thank you for your review I'm really glad that you and Lucy enjoyed your day so much. I look forward to seeing you both again at some point in the near future.

Kind regards

Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Daniel

It was a hot full on day, but you were more than up for the challenges that the day threw at us. Sometimes with knife making it really seems that the knife doesn't want to play ball, but as you said with a little perserverance you created a beautiful and functional knife. I'm really glad that you enjoyed your day so much and are so pleased with the knife you created.

ATB

Steve

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....

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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.

ATB
Steve

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!!

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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.

ATB
Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Chris

I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your day so much, your knife turned out beautifully, especially the colours you chose for the handle. Have a safe trip abroad and maybe we'll catch up in the not to distant future.

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Ben
You're more than welcome, you were a pleasure to work with and the skill set you already possess made helping you create your chefs knife so much easier. You're the kind of guy that is show and let go and I know the knife you made with me will still be around for you to show your grandchildren.

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Mike
I'm really glad that Fred enjoyed his bladesmithing day and I hope you gained as much knowledge as he did by staying the whole day with him. He worked really hard for such a young fella and I hope the blade he made gives you many years service.

ATB

Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi James

It was a blast and you've got to live on the edge, pardon the pun. Like we said you make mistakes and you learn, keep doing what you're doing, pushing the envelope and asking more from yourself with each build. That's the fun of the fare, making knives and enjoying it at the same time.

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

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Dave

I'm really glad you had such a great time over the two days and the blade you made turned out really well. I'm looking forward to catching up soon buddy.

Kind regards

Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Kev
I'm really glad you enjoyed your day so much, dont forget to send pic's of those currapay scales once you've put them on your knife.

Kind regards
Steve

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!

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Malcolm
It was a pleasure, you worked hard and they turned out to be long days in the end, but judging by what you made it was well worth the effort.

Kind regards

Steve

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.

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Liz
I'm really glad that you enjoyed your bladesmithing day so much, the time just seemed to run away with us. I'm looking forward to seeing you again on the two day chefs knife course.

Kind regards

Steve

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