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 two basic styles of blade on the introductory one-day course. The work will involve, heating the blade in the gas forge, hammering at the anvil to basic shape/profile, normalise blade, grinding blade to shape, drilling holes, heat treating the blade and final grinding and sharpening. We will use paracord to wrap the handle. I believe this gives us the most expedient and functional option and allows us to complete your knife in the time frames available. The options are a brute de forge style utility/hunter with Para cord wrap handle. You will leave with your chosen blade in a heavy Cordura zip up knife case for safe storage and transportation. Maximum of two students on any course. Cost of the course is per person.
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.
Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts
I have had a love affair with knives for a very long time, I have owned and used a multitude of knives ever since I was a small boy. I made my first knife while at school for my ‘O’ level metalwork project. I have been making knives on a semi professional basis since about 2000, and professional since early 2015. I forge my blades as well as stock removal, all of the knives I make are made in my own workshop, no one else is involved at any time in the production of one of my knives.
- Suitable for beginners
- Intermediate level
- Daytime (weekdays)
- Public transport
- Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries