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Bladesmithing for Beginners 2 Day Weekend


Duration: 2 days 10.15am and 4.30pm

Price: £200

Book with: Eamonn Higgins
at Hot Milk Forge

22 Lisnamanny Road
Martinstown
Ballymena
County Antrim
BT43 6QH

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About the Course

The First blade we will be doing will possess a fully hidden tang, this will be your first step into creating a wooden handle(what type of knife is your choice we could make a kitchen knife or a survival drop point, it'll be your call). It'll be your taster and your opportunity to get to grips with the colours/heat you need to work your tool steel at, some basic Blacksmithing hammer techniques and most importantly how to shape with fire your knife into the blade of your dreams. You will learn how to attach it securely choose your wood and shape it to your taste. Typical Knifes made on the weekend Course are small bowie style, drop point survival, Tanto and Chef Knifes.
If we've time we'll also make a viking style knife

The 2nd weekend we'll be be making full tang knives with brass pinned wooden handle. By this stage shaping the knife into whatever type of knife you desire won't be such an issue, heat treating will be wee buns, it'll be refining your handle design so we be pienning in brass pins into your handle etc. On the 2nd Weekend you have the option of upgrading your steel to pre forged damascus for an extra £50.

On your 3rd weekend we'll be doing Damascus/pattern welding. I know what your thinking 'I want to do that on my first weekend.' But to be honest sure I could take your money and show you how to fireweld and fold your steel but without the grounding in steel and fire understanding you got on the other two weekends you'd be going home with a metal splodge. Trust me on that I've been teaching this Craic for over 15 years. Let's do this properly let's learn these techniques so you can do it on your own away from Hot Milk Forge

Valerian steel Pah! Wait til you see what you'll be making

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What's included in the price?

Lunch not included, though you can order from the chippy and we'll go and get it (menu provided), all safety gear and materials provided, everything you make you can take home.



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Did the one day bladesmith course, eammon was very friendly and knowledgeable and by end of the day I had a fully functioning knife that I got to take home. Would recommend the hot milk forge to anyone.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos

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