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Bladesmithing experience day

Duration: one day

Price: £180

Run by: Steve Nowacki
at White Tiger Knives


167 King Georges Ave
Regents Park
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.

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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?

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.

- - #19124

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


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Course Start Dates

Thursday 21st March 2019
Friday 22nd March 2019
Thursday 11th April 2019
Friday 12th April 2019
Thursday 18th April 2019
Friday 19th April 2019
Saturday 4th May 2019
Sunday 5th May 2019
Thursday 16th May 2019
Friday 17th May 2019
Friday 14th June 2019
Saturday 15th June 2019
Thursday 27th June 2019
Friday 28th June 2019
Friday 26th July 2019
Saturday 27th July 2019
Thursday 8th August 2019
Friday 9th August 2019
Saturday 31st August 2019
Sunday 1st September 2019

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  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners

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