Bladesmithing experience day - Wiltshire

Make this knife in 1 day in Wiltshire and take it home



We are limiting the number of attendees to 6 for the time being as this allows for good social distancing within the forge.

We will have doors and windows open as required for good ventilation so perhaps wear a few layers when you come if the weather doesn’t look so good.

Can you handle the heat? Want to experience what it takes to make your own knife?

Under the tutelage of Graham, David & Decklan Clarke you will learn to make a fully useable carbon steel knife.

During your day you will:
* Shape your knife using a gas forge, hammer, anvil.
* Normalise your blade in the gas forge
* Grind your blade to it's near finished shape
* Heat-treat your blade (without the fiery theatricals as seen on television)
* Take an optional upgrade to a Paracord Wrap handle for just £10 extra (payable on the day by card or cash) if you wish
* Finish grind and sharpen your blade.

Graham is a qualified Metallurgist and has many years experience both as a knife maker and a commercial heat treater.

The course is open to all.

Children between the ages of 13 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Children aged 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult helper. They will work together as a pair (at the cost for 1 person) to make 1 knife.

Unfortunately experience has shown us that children younger than 10 will not have the strength to forge or the size to work on our grinders safely.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and safety equipment will be supplied. Please wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. No shorts or open shoes.

Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day

If you have any special dietary requirements you may wish to bring your own lunch and refreshments for the day.


Graham Clarke at Clarke Knives

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Vlakvark Forge
Unit 21 Lower Basset Down Workshops
Wroughton, Swindon

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:00am to 4:00pm)

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Albert - - #39828

Really fun and thorough day, starting with a lump of metal and ending with a beautiful knife. We got coached through each step and I'm genuinely amazed with how well my blade turned out!

Response from Clarke Knives:

We're all happy you enjoyed your time with us

Gareth Roberts - - #39882

It was fascinating to learn the process and the staff made it very easy to ask questions. The atmosphere is extremely laid back and relaxed but while around machinery and in the forge all the staff were focused on safety and instructive where needed, this made for a great experience. I am so proud of the knife i made and will be returning with friends and family in the future

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks for your feedback and we look forward to meeting up with you again

Christopher Hallpike - - #39888

One of the most enjoyable and interesting days I can recall. Graham, David and Decklan create a very friendly and informal atmosphere, but at the same time very professional, especially about safety, and also very happy to answer obscure questions about metallurgy. They guided us most proficiently through all the stages of making our knives, which I have always wanted to do, and I finished the day very proud of the knife, with razor edge, which I took home with me. Great experience!

Response from Clarke Knives:

We're all glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again sometime

Mike - - #39784

A really enjoyable day. The knife I made (with considerable expert assistance from Graham, David and Declan) was better than my expectations, I ended up with pretty much the knife shape I had envisaged. There was a great atmosphere in the Forge and Workshop, decent lunch and coffee breaks and it all felt safe and controlled. The options to upgrade to a para-cord handle, handle with holes for scales or even Damascus steel were useful and welcome. I'm looking forward to completing the knife handle at home.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your time with us

Sam Wise - - #39314

I had my blade forging experience yesterday and I'm so happy with all of it. Graeme, David and Decklan all tool great care of us, supported every participant and when I made mistakes they were explained and I was helped. A wonderful time out and an experience I won't forget.

Nick - - #39152

Brilliant day. The family were very helpful and knowledgeable. I came away with a knife that I made with their support that I am proud of.

Donna James - - #39153

I attended the one day knife making course with my 13 year old son and we had an absolutely fabulous day. The mix of excellent technical knowledge and a friendly, fun approach meant that the day just flew by. I felt really well supported by both David and Decklan (under Graham's watchful eye!) and both my son and I came away with knives that we can truly say we made ourselves and are immensely proud of. Decklan is especially amazing - and was the perfect role model for my son. We will definitely be back!
Thanks again Team Vlakvark - you are awesome :-)

Stu - - #39029

Really great day, will be booking again

Response from Clarke Knives:

We look forward to seeing you again 😊😊😊

Ernest Tse - - #38910

I had an excellent day out, it was a Christmas present from my wife and I will be returning the favor as she was rather jealous!

David and Decklan are very knowledgable and patient with everyone, I was asking all sorts of questions and everything was answered clearly and explained at length (busted a few tv myths as well!). We will be booking again for friends and families, I will be looking to book an axe-making course next!

I highly recommend The Vlakvark Forge courses!

Response from Clarke Knives:

I'm glad your day went well - sorry I couldn't be with you - perhaps next time 😊😊😊

Sandra - - #38093

I received the I day blade smithing coarse as a gift.
Every step of the process was explained to us, demonstrated and then we would have a go. The guys were very helpful and no question you asked was frowned apon. Making something beautiful out of a bit of metal is a very satisfying experience. I am going to start saving some money so I can go back and do the Axe making course.
I highly recommend The Vlakvark Forge courses.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Sandra, we look forward to seeing you again 😊😊😊

Mark Booth - - #38013

This was a great experience and to have something to take away at the end to remind you of it is excellent. The family team at Clarkes Knives are really engaging and very knowledgable, walking everyone through all the steps and making sure everyone, even the younger members of the group who found swinging a large hammer a bit much, got a good result. The option to add extras top the booked result - in my case para cord on the handle was appreciated and made the end result even better.

Would thoroughly recommend and am considering going back for another go!

Response from Clarke Knives:

Great that you enjoyed yourself so much. We look forward to seeing you again.

Graham Jagger - - #37467

I was apprehensive about my potential ability to create a knife, but Graham, from the off, gave us the confidence that if we did what we were told we would be fine. We were not mollycoddled but help and encouragement was swiftly available if help was needed. This made us more confident in 'owning' our work. It was a great feeling to be made to feel one of the work team. The teaching was so direct, spot on and couldn't have been better. This was the best course I have ever attended and I ended up with a fairly good looking useable knife of which I am proud. Thank you Graham David and Declan.

James Hewitt - - #37412

Great day on the bladesmithing course, with lots of (very) patient help from Graham, David and Decklan.
Thoroughly recommended.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks James - we're glad you enjoyed it

Simon Foster - - #37427

My 12 year old son and I had a fantastic day at the forge. What a great bunch of guys, a really brilliant family outfit! Very knowledgeable, very patient, very encouraging- ensuring my lad was fully engaged. I will definitely be recommending these guys to friends and family. Thanks very much Graham, David and Decklan for a quality day, Cheers!

Response from Clarke Knives:

'Twas a great day 😊😊😊

Craig Hutchinson - - #37154

I wasn't quite sure what to expect, well I can honestly say that it was an experience of a lifetime. Every member of the team always make you feel at home,despite the fact that I hadn't ever done anything like this before The whole experience really helped me believe that I have just started a whole new direction and can't wait to make more knives

Response from Clarke Knives:

Looking forward to seeing you again Craig 👍👍

Mike H - - #37129

This was bought for me as a present as its my kind of thing and i wasn't disappointed. From start to finish it was a fun day learning new practical skills and the science behind it. Safety brief to start and straight into the day forging, normalising, tempering etc. The guys were clearly knowledgeable and always on hand offering guidance and help if needed. Bit of banter throughout the day made an enjoyable time even better. Went home with my own pride and joy, next step to make a handle !!. Cheers guys it was a great experience, well recommended and i am spreading the word !!.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Mike

Alex - - #37103

The whole day was incredible. The tuition was great, all three knew what they were talking about and knew how to correct problems and explain why the correction was needed, both in terms of skills or material.

I would highly recommend Vlakvark Forge. Great day, great outcome!

Side note, maybe not for those that can’t take tough love when making mistakes.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Alex 😊😊

John Craig - - #36935

Like many of the above participants, this course was bought for me as Christmas present by my wife and two daughters. Now that was a superb Christmas present to be talked about and remembered. Really enjoyed the course and learned a lot, finishing up with a knife so sharp it puts expensve "commercial" chefs' knives in the shade. Learned about fancy Damascus steels and how they are made. You can use them on the course if you wish, although it does cost a little extra. Don`t be afraid to have a go as the teaching is superb and vitually one to one.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Great that you enjoyed the day Bonny Lad 😊😊😊

Hamish Good - - #36825

My 87 year old father and I attended the one day bladesmithing course at Vladvark. We are both fairly ‘hands on’ when it comes to life’s practical challenges and were both excited to be learning new skills. Graham, his son and his son’s son (yes three generations) delivered an exceptional experience which combined as much metallurgy science as you could consume with the real, hands on process of turning a piece of metal into a knife. Plenty of hot and cold drinks were on offer along with a very substantial sandwich for lunch. We also got to enjoy the playful banter between the three generations of family members…All in all a fantastic day that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone that fancies it…Give it a go you’ll be really pleased you did.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Hamish and congrats to your Dad. He’s our second oldest participant but by a long way the oldest who didn’t need any help along the way 😊😊😊😊

Jamie - - #36450

A great day and really appreciate the skill, knowledge and input from Graham, David and Decklan. Brilliant to spend a day bladesmithing and love the knife I made.

Response from Clarke Knives:

😊😊😊 Glad you enjoyed the day.

Guy Edwards - - #36279

A brilliant, no-nonsense course with excellent tuition from the hugely experienced Clarke family who take a justifiable pride in what they do, offering a superb experience. It was the first time I had stepped into a working forge, but by the end of the day, I had made a knife from beautiful Damascus steel that I was really proud of. I learnt so much, as did my daughter who came with me on the day and made a lovely knife of her own. A thoroughly recommended great day out, and you'll leave with new knowledge, good memories, and a tangible, useful and unique memento of the day!

Response from Clarke Knives:

Saturday was one of those special days when it all came together so well. We’re so pleased that you and Abi had a great day too.

Jonathan Pemberton - - #36099

This course was excellent. I got this for a friends 30th and this was just a fantastic day. Graham's and David's knowledge was amazing and the course was fascinating. This was really hands on and was satisfying going from an unshaped piece of steel to a knife was so satisfying. 10/10 would recommend!

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Jon, It was an enjoyable day all round

Ben Hankins - - #35996

Bought this for my Dads Xmas present and I joined him on the day. The course was so much fun, the Clarke family were incredibly knowledgable and the end product was amazing! Dad and I had the best day and we would highly recommend taking this course!

Response from Clarke Knives:

So glad you both enjoyed your day with us so much

Adrian Burholt - - #35779

A really good day spent learning a new skill, having fun and coming home with something useful (a sharp knife). Excellent teaching and guidance all throughout the day. Highly recommended.

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Matty Graham - - #35388

What can I say? Brilliant. Really good day with Graham David and Decklan. They showed us lots of well-needed tips and knowledge of how to forge. All 3 of them were over good. So helpful and always going round the group checking each person and helping and explaining things. I made a beautiful knife that I'm proud of. I could not have asked for better teachers. well-done lads.Thank you. Keep up the excellent work.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Great, we’re all so pleased you enjoyed your time with us 😊😊😊

Emma - - #35244

Took my 14 year old son for a birthday treat on this one day course and he loved it! He had done a bit of blacksmithing before but Graham, David and Deklan were great tutors and he learned a lot! Came away with a very impressive knife! Thanks for making him feel so welcome. Definitely recommend this course.

Jonathan Bayliss - - #34229

I had a very enjoyable day learning the craft of knife making. It was an introductory class and was well managed by the blacksmiths. I would recommend the class to friends and family.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Jonathan, So glad it was so good for you. Regards Graham

Nick C - - #33028

Really enjoyable day out with my son - we both got the opportunity to try tools and techniques we'd never normally get to do, all with the patient and skillful support of the crew at the forge. That evening our freshly forged knives made cutting BBQ steak effortless. Will definitely recommend to friends.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thanks Nick

Maria - - #31347

Myself, partner and my brother organised the one day experience for Dads special birthday. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend the experience to anyone! I have enjoyed showing photos of the day to family, friends and colleagues. There is plenty of help available but you are also given independence to just get on with it so the balance felt very comfortable. There was also plenty of food and drink available throughout the day which was a very thoughtful touch. Thank you for a great day. From Maria and family.

Response from Clarke Knives:

Thank you Maria, we're all so glad you had such a great day with us. Regards, Graham, David & Decklan

Kris Czarnecki - - #31331

Me and my wife had a great day. We both enjoyed learning about bladesmithing and forging our own knifes. Graham is very knowledgable. We very much recommend this course.

Response from Clarke Knives:

It was a good day Kris, I hope we'll see you and Jana again soon.

Peter Quayle - - #31036

The course from start to finish was fantastic. A great bunch of passionate, professional and down to earth guys at the top of their profession. Lunch was great, the banter and brew flowed throughout the day and the expert training and support to give everyone attending an end product of a working knife is testimony to the way the course was run. Brilliant, thank you.

Response from Clarke Knives:

It was a really good day Peter. We all hope to see you again in the future

Wayne Scheepers - - #30918

I had spoken to Graham at their stand at the Newbury County Fair in 2019 and my girlfriend decided to surprise me by booking a course for my birthday.

Graham, David and Declan (3 generations of Clarkes') were all excellent instructors and very knowledgeable in their craft. After getting the initial obligatory COVID-19 / safety talk out of the way, Graham gave a brief overview of what we would be doing during the day through each stage of the process. The course was very hands on which I enjoyed though Graham was there keeping his expert eye on things and offering guidance on improving technique to better the outcome and explained why certain things done at that stage affected the process at a later stage. Each stage was carefully explained and I left feeling greater awe at the skills of these master craftsmen.

It was a most enjoyable experience and the time literally flew by. I have to recommend the guys at Vlakvark Forge and I shall definitely be back to do more.

Beth Morrell - - #28308

Brilliant day, lovely people. The guys were so patient and great teachers. Laid back to the point where the two power cuts due to the storm didn't phase them, they were happy to bring us back another day suitable for all but luckily power was restored.
Amazing craftsmen, so skilled and clearly love what they do.

James Storton - - #22754

This was an amazing course, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Tim Guile - - #22232

Very informative and enjoyable day, easy paced with time to discuss things

Adam - - #21941

Really good, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the knife I made is now used in the kitchen as it is plenty sharp enough and fully functional. The instructor was great and managed to get all of us with differing levels of skill and competence to the stage where we had a usable kitchen knife with our own individual twist/design element ready to take home at the end. I would recommend this course to anyone.

Paul Atkins - - #21636

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Geoff Wilson - - #21638

Fantastic course. I really enjoyed every minute of it Graham and David are very down to earth and clearly know their craft well. If you go on this course you will 100% forge and make your very own knife and David and Graham will give you a walk through and help you if needed.

I'm looking forward to joining the extra club they do where you can join other people to use the shops equipment providing you take your own materials etc.

Keep up the good work fellas.

Sam - - #21599

Amazing day, the course was everything I hoped for. The tutors were approachable, friendly, helpful and truly own their craft. The group we were in also were great; friendly, chatty and all came out with amazing knives. I can't recommend enough and looking forward to attending again.

Adrian - - #21558

Excellent course. Extremely knowledgeable instructors who made the course interesting and enjoyable too. Ample drinks throughout the day and lunch was thoughtful too. Highly recommended.

James R - - #21095

I was given the voucher as a Christmas present... and what a present.

An extremely interesting and satisfying day. Great tuition from Graham and David. Everyone left the day with a great knife and a great experience.

Well organised and well catered for event.


Jacqui Cook - - #21064

I highly recommend this course, it is great way to try something different. Graham and David were excellent tutors, lots of encouragement and guidance. The time really flew by and we had a fantastic day.

Jason Wheeler - - #20853

Excellent day! Professionally run but relaxed and fun. After half an hour of hammering away at my piece of steel it looked very like a piece of steel with dents in....but miraculously I managed to turn it into a lovely, and extremely sharp, kitchen knife which I used the day after! Highly recommended, I will definitely go again!

Jeff Peters and Avril Peters - - #20833

Both me and my wife enjoyed the course , Graham and David made it fun and informative would definitely
recommend the course great day out .thanks guys.

Debbie BROWNING - - #19546

Fantastic day creating two knives with our two boys along to help out where they could too. So happy with the result and have used it in the kitchen already - something to keep for a lifetime!
We all loved the forging part hammering on the anvil, by the afternoon we were all a little tired but had lots of help on hand with the belt sanders and sharpening process. Would highly recommend if you are interested in forging and creating something unique to keep forever.

Graham Aymes - - #19469

Very interesting everything was explained well from the forging of the blade to final grinding and finishing by polishing. I have used knives for the past 60 years but I have never had one as sharp as the one I made. It still cuts a sheet of paper cleanly by holding the paper on edge and slicing it through. I can recommend the course.

Many thanks.
Graham Aymes.

Alex lanaghan - - #19400

This course met my every expectation and more, I’ve always had an interest in knife making and I finally got a go at it. The team were very friendly and helpful and with Graham’s vast knowledge and help it made the process go very smoothly. This has only made me even more interested in knife making as I now hope to attend again at some point and even start making my own knives in my own workshop.

Ian callaghan - - #19319

I definitely think anyone who’s interested in metalwork should try this cause it opened my eyes to how much work and craftsmanship goes into making knives The staff there are so friendly and helpful and I had a thoroughly good day and Would definitely do it again

Mick Emms - - #19006

Had this experience gave to me as a gift by my other half, could not recommend this enough. Had a brilliant insight into this ancient craft, they are so patient and so welcoming and would like to say thank you very much for a great day. I will definitely be back.

Mike Wise - - #18759

An excellent course run by seriously knowledgable guys. We arrive to meet a friendly team and a tooled up workshop. Everything we needed for the day was supplied which makes a big difference. Tuition was well delivered and easy to understand even for the beginners. More detail was available when needed and we always knew what we were doing and why. It was very refreshing to attend a course where each step was explained expertly and the goal of each step was clear. I cannot reccomend these guys highly enough. If you are looking for a course like this, look no further.

Daniel - - #18756

Knowledgeable, creative, hands on or off, personal and a realistic experience... This day was given to me as a birthday gift, the group was small and personal, the experience was amazing!.
I learnt a lot and enjoyed every minute of the day. We weren’t rushed, we could take each stage at our own pace with Graham, Dave and Declan always on hand but allowing us to do as much of it on our own. All three were friendly, helpful and approachable. It was day were you created your piece all the way, (no standing around watching others do it for you)
This day was really amazing, I will be back.

Jess - - #18750

The instructors are amazing super kind
Lovely course and loads of fun. Fully recommend.

Dave Walker - - #18704

Wasn't sure what to expect but I knew the reviews were all positive. Got there early as the course start on time and was welcomed by Graham outside the workshop.

The day started with a safety briefing, then straight into it. Hammered hot steel, shaped a knife and then ground down to a usable utility knife, very pleased with the outcome. Throughout the day the instructions were great with some explanation of how and why certain techniques were used.

I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to get the hands dirty and looking to create their very own knife.

Paul burbidge - - #18579

Great place to go Forge your first knife.From start to finish.
Good instructor to learner ratio. Only small groupes so you have plenty of time on each every stag of making your knife.
They work at your your speed and your ability.
The facilities are great as well, well-equipped modern workshop.
Even when things go wrong They spend time with you to correct your error, because I didn’t listen 😀.
I took my knife and sheath to a friend and he asked where I bought it,he didn’t he didn’t know that I had been on a course. The quality of the instruction and materials made it that good.
It’s just a shame I can’t put photos on here from start to finish.
Go and have a great experience.
Many thanks to Graham, Dave and Decklan who one day will be a master craftsman himself no doubt .

Amy Papineau - - #18367

We had a great day - Graham and Dave were great tutors who gently guided us as we got stuck in. It was a brilliant course (the forging was a real highlight for us) and we were so pleased by the knives we made in the end. We learned a fair bit and had a lot of fun - many thanks!

Amy and Dom Papineau

Steve and Henry Hill - - #17759

This exceeded all our expectations. Graham and Dave were very helpful - but not at all intrusive. We did the knife making weekend and were delighted with the end produce. Would highly recommend and will definatly be coming back.
Thank you!

Drew Baumohl - - #17516

Had a fantastic day! Tuition from Graham and his son was excellent. From forging to finishing you get to be fully hands on the whole way through the process. At each stage of the process Graham demonstrates to everyone and then you get to do it yourself. They’re there to guide you if need it or if they feel your doing something not quite right, but you are ultimately responsible for creating your own knife, so there’s a massive sense of pride in your creation. Would highly recommend! Thank you!

Andrew Searle - - #17376

My wife got me this experience for my birthday as Im a big forged in fire fan. I wasnt sure what to expect but the day far exceeded anything I hoped for. Graham and his son (also his grandson, which is great to see a new generation of bladesmiths in the making) are friendly, helpful and have the course set up perfectly. Lunch was far better than the usual fair on these experiences and was all included in the price. One of the best days Ive had in ages. I would highly recommend it and I will be returning for some of their club days.

Andy Hopkinson - - #17206

Bought this as a generous birthday present by my lovely family. Having been interested in knife-making for a while after watching tv shows like "Forged in Fire" I was very excited at the prospect of having a go myself. Have no doubt, this course delivers that and then some. All the other reviews are entirely right; this is a brilliant day, working through the many steps with clear guidance and help when needed. Just the right number of people and access to equipment. The tuition and coaching is truly expert, and (on the course I attended) everyone had great fun and came away with a handsome knife they felt proud of. I'm hugely proud of mine, and so enjoyed spending a day with Graham and David. I can't wait to go back.

Rachel - - #17096

We had such a great day with a friendly atmosphere and help was always on hand if needed! It was informative and fun throughout the whole day. Honest and genuine people who are passionate about what they do and guide you into being able to make your very own knife !! We will be back for the 2 day course .

Alan Foxworthy - - #15858

This course was very kindly given to me as a Father's Day gift. Being a perfectionist I must admit I was a little sceptical about what I was going to come away with, as I have never done anything like this before!
I could envisage me pounding a lump of metal within an inch of its life, and people saying "nice ....what is it"?
How wrong was I .... Graham and David were awesome! Every step was clearly explained, demonstrated and overseen plus any questions were Swifty answered.
During the day, all refreshments were provided, as was the lovely dinner - there was plenty of time for breaks whenever you needed or wanted one.
I would highly recommend this course to anybody who has any interest in knives, forging or crafts ..... You come away with a real sense of achievement!
I for one will be going back again! Thanks guys, talk soon.

Christian Harris - - #15735

As an Engineering student, its amazing to get to do something practical. I love all kinds of craft work and I must say this course was up there with the most enjoyable. Graham is a fantastic teacher, very friendly and open to questions about any stage as you go along. He also welcomes general questions outside the scope of the class as well!

Lunch and refreshments were great, the ice-cold drinks throughout the day were incredibly refreshing and much needed when spending a day hammering away in close proximity to the hot forge.

Well worth the money and I will definitely be coming back for more!

Matthew Bloomfield - - #15529

A truly great day, graham is a fantastic host with a huge amount of knowledge. We were picking his brain all day, still a huge amount to kearn, cant wait for the next!

Martin Bolden - - #15403

Fantastic day at the forge with Graham and David, both were welcoming and friendly, gave very clear instruction at every stage and I came away with a very useable blade. Highly recommended!

Tom - - #15245

Fantastic day at the forge, Graham and David are really helpful with every step of the process to o make a knife. Couldn’t recommend them enough I’ll be going back again soon! I really want make another knife as I love the first one I made.

Gary Rusby - - #14511

An excellent course with expert friendly guidance. Everyone went home with a knife they can be proud of.

Stacie & Stuart - - #14478

Booked this course as a birthday present for my husband which I joined him on. David and Graham were absolutely lovely, brilliant instructors, easy to follow and really helpful, they made us both feel at ease. We are both super proud of our knives, they look great! Would recommend this day course to anyone, and would happily take part again.

Dougie Mclennan - - #14368

Booked this course.and was thoroughly impressed with the days work. And what we achieved..greame and David made us feel very welcome,and we had a good bit of banter amongst the sparks and wizardry of Graham’s skills and knowledge past on. The lunch was also great...we will definitely be back at some point..

Many thanks David and greame

Brandon Robertson - - #14356

Graham and David were amazing and seemed to take the whole day at the pace each person was working at. Had a lovely time doing all of the work on the blade myself, bar a few finishing touches, and would definitely recommend going to anyone. I will again in future.

Chris China - - #14182

I booked this course for myself and a friend. Before the day Graham was very helpful accommodating a date that suited us when the original date we wanted was fully booked. From the moment we arrived Graham and David were very welcoming and made us feel immediately relaxed. We had an amazing day and really didn't want it to end. If we could have come back the next day we would have! Graham is a wealth of knowledge and a great teacher.... Always guiding us in a way that made sense and which made it easy to learn and progress. We were very pleased with the blades we made on the day and will certainly be coming back as soon as possible to build on our skills, and to enjoy both the company and another very tasty lunch! Graham, I'll be in touch to book our next course soon.

Kev Allan - - #14184

I was brought here by a very good friend who arranged a day of bladesmithing as part of my stag weekend(thanks Chris). Cannot thank Graham enough for his expertise in making the seemingly complicated become simple. I left the forge with new knowledge, bad habits gone and a blade to be proud of. So much so I used it to cut my wedding cake!!!

Sarah - - #13907

I had an absolutely brilliant time on the one day knife making course. Graham is an excellent instructor and would take each stage at your own pace. Despite being a tiny 50 year old with weedy arms I came home with a stunning kick ass knife that I’m super proud of.
This course has a big thumbs up from me and I would love to go again.

Simon Reynolds - - #13706

I bought myself and my 15 year old son this experience as birthday present to him and and always loved knives and wanted to make one as a present to myself.
We actually were the first 2 test customers for a 2 day course to make the knife blade on the first day then make and fit a handle the second day.
We both agree it was one of the best weekends of our lives, Graham and David are excellent teachers as well as hosts. They are both very informative and accepting of all ability ranges, they were particularly good with my son who has Aspergers syndrome.
If you want a memory for life and a unique knife to keep and use forever then this is a must do course. Can't thank Graham enough for his patience and expertise!!
Will go again to make a more complicated knife later in the year.

Kieran Fermor - - #13677

Had an amazing day, everyone was friendly and I'm really looking forward to the next time I get some time to go.

Mark May - - #13670

My wife bought this as a birthday present as something different to try my hand at and quite simply what an excellent day, well worth every penny. 👍 Graham and David were excellent tutors and as we were only a small group we all had plenty of their expert guidance and tuition every step of the way as well as helping out with anything that we were struggling with if necessary. I can highly recommend this course, as well as Graham and David. Thank you both very much for a great day at Vlakvark Forge.👍

Kerry Partridge - - #13644

I cannot recommend this course highly enough to anyone who is looking to try something different or is interested in smithing or knives. A really relaxed environment and incredibly hands on from the start. Graham was a great tutor... demonstrated (on his own piece, not yours), then perfectly guided our small group. Never interfering or taking over, always encouraging and only getting involved if things were going wrong. Once corrected it was straight back to you again. Everything was there - small group (so lots of attention), plenty of tools (so never waiting) and no pressure (so you could work at your own pace)... even the lunch was great!. I've never done anything like this before, but was totally delighted (and proud) with the knife I walked away with. For the cost, quality of the course and my final knife this is by a distance the of the best craft course I have done - thank you Graham.

Dickie Hudd - - #12890

Just had an amazing day on this course with my 16 year old son and his mate. Graham and Dave were brilliant at guiding us through the process and helping us to get our knives just right. It was a really personal experience which we will all remember for years to come. Lunch was fab too!

Dolf - - #12404

Towards the end of last year i had the privilege of been invited by Graham and David Clark for a knife making experience 🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡

May i just say that i was pleasantly surprised by the quality and price of the course 😍😍🗡🗡🗡 I can recommend it 100%!!!!!! I knew Graham from South Africa as a Master knife maker and i own a few of his masterpieces 😍🗡

Please take the time to look at what they offer!!!!!!!!!
I had a wonderful time!!!! And it won’t be the last time they see me😁😁🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡🗡

Paul Morrish - - #12380

Myself and my two sons one aged 14 and one aged 10 yrs old were given this as a christmas present, from the start of the day Graham and David , made us all feel very welcome, and we had a fantastic day, We all came away with a knife that we had all made by ourselves with some excellent help and advice given throughout the day by Graham and David, My sons have not stopped talking about it and can't wait to go back and make something else with Graham and David. We would recommend Graham and Davids course to any one .

Morgan - - #12261

really cool thing

Grant Morton - - #12053

Friends and I have just spent the day on this course and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Graham is an excellent tutor, with a down to earth style and attitude.

Safe to say we will be returning for more courses.

Love the knife I forged :-)

Simon Bellamy - - #11915

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