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Forge your own knife at Padgett Ironworks Blacksmiths


About the Course

The class will begin at 9:30 am in the charming semi rural area overlooking Wentworth Village and Church. After the safety talk is out of the way we can begin the day by sitting down and designing your knife. I will guide you through the process to make sure you will leave with a fully functional, practical knife that you love. Once you are happy with the design we can start cutting the stock to size and begin the forging process.

I will guide you though the steps and demonstrate particular techniques to get the required design you want.
By dinner time we will have most of the knife rough forged and it will most likely need refining. Then we will move on to heat treat where I will talk you though how to properly harden and temper a knife.
Finally we will grind the knife then sharpen it to a razor sharp edge!
At the end of they day you will leave with a fully functional, beautiful piece of art that I hope you will treasure for ever!

The Tutor
The class will be taught by Connor Padgett. An award winning, locally renowned full time blacksmith who's main focus is on forging top quality tools for other blacksmiths and green woodworkers. With 6 years full time experience Connor has now devoted his time to passing his skills on to other people as well as allowing the general public to use his facilities and expertise to forge there own products, of there own design.

******Please note that if your paying in cash on the day a £50 deposit PP will be needed to secure the date then the remaining balance can be paid on the day. If there is any questions please dont hesitate to ask

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Everything will be provided for you, the only things you will need are;
- Suitable footware (e.g. leather boots, but trainers will do)
- non flammable clothing on such as jeans/overalls etc.
- You are welcome to bring any snacks or drinks you will want throughout the day.

Food will not be included, I would recormend bringing a good hearty pack lunch and a bottle of water. I will have water and snacks avalible.

Please have a rough design in mind for your knife, the design can be any you like as long as it has a blade length no longer than 8 inches.


Connor Padgett at Padgett Ironworks
Broad Carr Road
Hoyland, Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S74 9BT
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In-person course
- - #30216

After watching Forged in Fire far too many times I was compelled to give birth to my own knife... Connor was an excellent knife midwife 😁
It was hands on from the start and we both got stuck in to creating my new favourite tool. Connor is a a genuine forgey/metal guy, he’s learnt it from the ground up and he will gladly share his years of experience with you. Had an ace day (that went like a shot) and came home a very happy chap with a very usable, and in my eyes wonderful and practical creation that will last for years & years. Very happy with the day, Connor was great and I’m in love with my knife. Would do again tomorrow!

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- - #30062

Had a great day in the forge with Connor, I went in not knowing what to expect and to learn as much as I could and it didn't disappoint! I came home with a brilliant knife and a new found love of the process, Connor is a great teacher and is very knowledgeable about everything and make you feel at ease soon as you arrive! Would definitely recommend this course.

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- - #29920

Got this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he could not be happier with the experience. Connor was super friendly and skilled and let me sit in and watch even though I wasn't partaking in the course.
What we thought was excellent about this course is how "hands on" it is. Unlike a similar experience at a different forge some friends of ours went on where the instructor did most of the work (for safety reasons). Connor was very keen to just let my partner crack on and do the hard work on it, only stepping in to make sure nothing went wrong.
There were different wood and handle options and a cute little design process at the beginning to get a fully custom knife. By the end of it my partner had a fully functional sharp knife that he now uses in every possible situation at home (even opening letters and cutting price tags off new clothes like a lunatic).
Thank you very much to Connor!

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- - #28375

My partner had a cracking day forging his own knife. The blade turned out amazing and Connor was very knowledgeable and patient. I would definitely recommend his classes for people in the future.

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- - #27940

What a fantastic experience, I couldn’t think of a better way to bond with my two boys! Playing with fire and making a knife (safely 😊)
Connor was a great, great teacher, a testament to his fantastic ability.
What a fabulous memory day made with my children, and they now have something that they can show their children to say, “Look what I made with my Dad”
Will definitely be returning when my youngest one is of the right age.
5 star ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Day

In-person course
- - #26997

The course was a fascinating hands-on insight into using a coal-fire forge, drawing out the shape and then putting on a handle and grinding the edge.

It is a working forge, with all the tools you would require. Only a few minutes from the Elsecar heritage centre.

It's a long day, expect to be busy throughout, but the experience was excellent. I would highly recommend it.

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