Forge a Knife- Blacksmithing and Knifemaking Experience Day

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Description

Let me guess: you've watched Forged in Fire, and now you want to have a go at making your own knife? "Will it cut?" Lets find out!

This one-to-one course is perfect for anyone who would like to try their hand at Blacksmithing and Bladesmithing.
You will learn the traditional techniques passed down through the ages for forging knives and many other edged tools, including forging, grinding, and heat treating to produce a blade that will stay sharp in use.

This one-day course is for one or two people to forge a single blade. If you'd like to attend as a pair and forge a blade each, two tickets will be required.

There is enough time to forge a blade with a maximum length of 6 inches. A kitchen knife is recommended and usually the most useful option for most people, as you can use it every day! Alternatively, you are welcome to bring with you ideas for the style of knife you'd like to make, including:
-Kitchen knife
-Hunting knife
-Bush craft knife
-Re-enactment knife
-Fishing knife
-Woodwork tool
... or anything else your imagination can conjure!

The Kerr Forge Blacksmith, Jon, will be alongside to help and advise at every step to ensure you take home a knife you are proud to use for a lifetime.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Our courses are unusual in that they are one-to-one experiences (or one-to-two if you'd like to bring a friend!). You won't be lost in a large group or left to struggle!

You will be learning in a relaxed environment where the content, timings and structure of the day can be customised to your requirements.

All the tools and materials required to make your knife and handle will be provided.

Knives will be made from highly durable high carbon steel which will last a lifetime with proper care.

I make sure I have a variety of exciting (and expensive) materials available to use in your designs, including exotic woods for handles, beautiful mosaic pins for knives, and the best quality high carbon steel which will remain sharp in use.

I'm keen to do everything I can to ensure the products you take home are beautiful objects that you will be proud to show off to your friends and family, and will last a lifetime (and longer!).

Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

For an additional charge, we can offer a homemade lunch.

Maker

Jon Kerr at Kerr Forge

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Venue

Kerr Forge
Benfleet
Essex
SS7 4EG

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

Duration

8 hours (flexible times to suit)

Gold Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.

Reviews

In-person
Ana - - #38825

We had the best day
Jon is a fantastic tutor and went through all the safety aspects related to the knife-making day to make sure we were working safely at all times throughout all the different stages.
Jon was very good at explaining all the techniques required and he would offer to support or fix whenever we made a little mistake.
The course is very well-paced and does not feel rushed.
We went home very happy and with an amazing pair of knives.
Excellent experience and very much recommended.
Thanks Jon!

In-person
James Cumming - - #38584

I would highly recommend this experience!

A huge thank you to Jon Kerr, who carried out an enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable induction prior to a day crafting my own custom knife!


A real mans shed day with all the kit!!

In-person
Sian & Stef - - #37934

We had a fantastic time, probably the best experience day we have ever done. Jon was excellent, he's friendly, knowledgeable and a great teacher. We came away with a quality knife each, neither of us expected to make anything near so good. Highly recommend to anyone.

In-person
Nigel - - #37581

I was given this experience by my partner for Christmas. I have always wanted to try my hand at Blacksmithing so my expectations were quite high even though I didn't know what to expect from the day. I did the experience with my partner's son & well the day was amazing & far exceeded my expectations. Jon is very knowledgeable & quite happy to leave you to create your blade with very useful information along the way & at no point were you made to feel rushed & at the end of the day you come away with an amazing knife that you have made yourself from a piece of steel at the start. I will never forget my day & the wonderful memories that were created that will live with me for the rest of my life as will the knife. Thank you Jon.

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Ollie - - #37574

We were given the knife crafting course for a Christmas present & it was an outstanding day!
Jon is exceptionally talented, knowledgable and patient, I would visit the forge again in the future to craft more and above all would highly recommend to anyone with an itch to create. Thanks again Jon & all the best

In-person
Steve T. - - #37053

I attended the course today and found it an absolutely superb experience. Jon is an excellent teacher and his knowledge and enthusiasm makes the day a joyous adventure. I highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to try their hand at blacksmithing. Thanks Jon

In-person
Geoff Kendall - - #36596

My partner and I had an absolutely brilliant day with Jon at the forge last weekend. Jon quickly senses how much help you need in each of the many and interesting tasks involved in making a knife, and is happy to stand back while you do everything while always being ready to step in if needed. We left at the end of the day clutching something that we felt *we* made, which is brilliant. Jon is passionate about the craft and an excellent teacher. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious, which is really important as it really is a full day and I could imagine it feeling quite tedious with the wrong person. I thoroughly recommend a day at Kerr Forge - you won’t regret it!

In-person
Devin and Ashlea - - #36500

The couple's knife making experience at Kerr forge was incredible and we couldn't recommend it enough. Jon was an absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable teacher and craftsman who guided us through the blacksmithing fundamentals. We got to be very hands on in the making of our knife and were over the moon about the end product. All round an excellent day. Thank you very much Jon we look forward to coming back to Kerr forge to craft some more amazing metalwork!

In-person
Globalidentity - - #36412

Had a great day with John. I've done a previous blacksmith's day making a candle stick holder and a fire poker elsewhere and this was just as good. Made a fantastic knife and lots of good feedback from my grown-up kids on the results - so it must have been good.

Will have to try and think of something else to make so I can go back again.

In-person
Daniel Sandford Smith - - #36411

My son and I spent a really enjoyable day at Jon's forge. We both made rather different knifes which we are really happy with but as much as being happy with product we really enjoyed the process. Jon is a really good teacher, friendly and knowledgeable. He is really good at knowing where to offer advice and help which means that it feels as if you have made the knife even though you know you couldn't have done it without it.

Highly recommended.

In-person
Julie Bass - - #36294

Purchased a knife making day for my sons 18th Birthday. He had an amazing day and the knife he made is awesome!
Very good instruction in a friendly atmosphere.
Just waiting on make an axe day and we will be re booking! 👍😄

In-person
Alex B - - #35509

Jon was incredibly knowledgeable and super helpful, explaining things in detail and helping us to make some lovely knives. I will definitely be back for an axe making course!

In-person
Tony & Jack Fairhurst - - #35142

Great days knife making run in a relaxed environment by a true gent. We had a great day and have taken home a beautiful knife and a brilliant experience.

In-person
Becky - - #35139

Such a great experience, the day completely exceeded our expectations. Jon was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful, and immediately thought of ways to let us personalise our knife when we asked about engraving. We loved the day, it was so unique and we've come away with an amazing knife! Thankyou Jon! We'll definitely be back to add to the set!

In-person
Henry Wallace - - #34987

Excellent day spent making a Japanese style cleaver with Jon - his expertise and knowledge really shone through and helped us to make a really unique but functional tool over the course of the day. Jon was incredibly friendly and kind and made sure that the day passed without issue, rectifying any mistakes we made but making sure that we were still fully in control of how the knife turned out. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking into it.

In-person
Corinna Miller - - #34985

My husband did this course as I gifted it to him for his birthday. His review is as follows:

Jon gave me lots of options on what kind of knife to make, which was great. We worked hard all day and he was very informative and skilled. His wife's cooking was delicious and plentiful and we definitely worked up an appetite! Jon was a great teacher, amazingly patient with me, and helpful at every turn. Plus, he was just a great guy to chat with! Unbelievable experience! Highly recommend it to everyone interested.

In-person
Nicolle - - #34979

Amazing course, we had the most fantastic day.
Worth every penny. We will definitely come again for another experience.

In-person
Viktoria - - #34978

Everything was amazing and terrific fun. Way beyond any expectations that I might have had. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm. I have come away with a beautiful knife and wonderful memories .

In-person
Greg Birkumshaw - - #34502

In times when Blacksmiths were an integral part of any evolving and thriving community, the blacksmiths shop was a part of, if not, actually the very dwelling of the smith themselves.
So I was very excited and encouraged to see that Jon had not broke with the tradition and passion of having his forge within the confines of his dwelling, a sign that his passion for blacksmithing is integral to his way of life and family, just as it would have been… Cosy, independent and honest, not industrialised or corporate.

I highly recommend arriving with a sketch of the blade or piece you would like to create, as Jon will assist, over and above, to help you forge something incredible.

Thee best birthday gift ever.

Thank you Jon, we will be back.

Greg

In-person
Jonathan Burge - - #34425

I had a great day making a knife. Jon is an excellent teacher and has a great forge. I will definitely be back to make an axe at some point in the future.

In-person
George Piatek - - #34413

I had a fantastic day crafting a beautiful knife which I now use everyday! Jon is very patient and explains each step clearly and the reasons behind it. Totally recommend. Plus the home made sausage rolls and cookies were to die for.

In-person
Oswald - - #34394

Had an awesome day at Kerr forge! 100% worth the time and money. As a nerd, the best part was to finally find a real-life use-case for high school chemistry.

In-person
Michael Panayi - - #34123

Jon was a fantastic tutor and guided me through each step. It was a very professional course whilst being friendly and relaxed. Jon took time to talk through traditional methods and I came away with a new appreciation of the forging process as well as a lovely knife.

In-person
Mike - - #34086

I would recommend this to anyone interested in forging a knife and gaining new skills.

Jon is an excellent, attentive and patient tutor and all round great company. I felt very welcome and comfortable from the minute I arrived. He is a very knowledgeable smith and tutor, he explained all the processes clearly so I understood what to do, how to do it and why I was doing it so I learned a lot and really feel I have gained a new skill!

Ultimately, all decisions are yours, and Jon is an excellent guide to offer advice and step in if need be. It’s a very fulfilling day experience and worth every penny to gain some insight into this beautiful craft.

And even better, I came home with an awesome knife that I forged myself and I’ll use for years to come!

Response from Kerr Forge:

Hi Mike,
Thanks so much for the kind words. It was an absolute pleasure working with you all day, and you should be really proud of your awesome knife.
Hope to see you again on a future course,
Jon

In-person
Stefano - - #33640

One of the best experiences of my life.
Jon is a great teacher, patient, and very knowledgeable.
He is also very passionate about blacksmithing, he knows a LOT so ask him a lot.
I started from a curved railway E- clip to finish with a fantastic knife.
The whole process is very well explained, we spent the whole morning forging the knife, after well-deserved lunch( prepared by Jon) we bevel it, heat treats it, and spent the remaining hours making and fixing the handle.
Jon let you use all tools, explaining how to use them but then he will let you use your own creativity to create your own knife.
He will advise you, of course, from time to time on the best way to do one step or the other.

I strongly recommend him and his course. You won't regret it.

ah, I almost forgot " It will cut !"

In-person
Amy - - #33551

From start to finish this was the best experience day we have ever had, and worth every penny. You cram in so many techniques and tools whilst forging and get to understand what really goes into this craft. My Forged in Fire mad Dad has not stopped telling everyone about it.

You are in charge of every step of the process, Jon expertly guides you from the side lines and steps in if you need anything.

Jon is crazy knowledgeable and so wonderfully kind, the day with him flew by. I highly recommend this experience, you will have so much fun and get chance to unleash your inner blacksmith.

In-person
Antony Harvey - - #33380

This was a great course. Jon is a knowledgeable and patient tutor, and makes sure you get stuck in to all of the processes, whilst understanding how and why they work. A lot goes into forging a knife, and the result is something durable and usable, and made by you. I'd highly recommend this, and I'll probably go back to make something else too.

In-person
Ian Warner - - #32830

I had a fantastic day making a lovely kitchen knife with Jon. Jon's forge is a brilliant work space and Jon's friendly, knowledgeable tuition makes the day incredibly enjoyable. I would 100% reccomended anyone thinking about giving this a go to book with confidence that you will have an excellent and worthwhile experience.

Response from Kerr Forge:

Thanks Ian! It was a great day and lovely to work with you. You kitchen knife is awesome and I hope it serves you well for many many years!

In-person
Martin Rookard - - #32828

Really enjoyed the day.
Relaxed and friendly environment. Jon was a great teacher and I found the course very informative as well.
Came home with a fantastic knife!

Response from Kerr Forge:

Thanks Martin, it was a pleasure working with you for the day and you produced a truly beautiful knife. Congratulations!

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