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Forged chef's knife course

Custom Santoku made by myself

Duration: 2 days

Price: £380

Book with: Steve Nowacki
at White Tiger Knives

167 King Georges Ave
Regents Park
SO15 4LD

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About the Course

Classes are held in my workshop in Southampton. Starting time 9am until 5pm (approx). Maximum of 2 students per course. After initial safety talk/workshop induction, we will discuss blade options you can make. There are a couple of styles you can chose from.
On day one - heating blade in gas forge, hammering the blade at the anvil to basic shape/profile, normalise blade, grinding blade to shape and heat treating blade and any final grinding. Day two - chose wood for handle, drilling hole for tang, cutting and sanding your handle to shape, gluing handle to blade and final sharpening. You will leave with your finished knife in a Cordura knife case.

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What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee 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 sleeve top (preferably cotton) and robust leather shoes. No shorts of 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.

Want to review this course?

Myself and a friend completed this course just over a month ago and it was truly excellent! Steve is a great bloke and an extremely knowledgable teacher. The knives we made were of top quality and are (still!) incredibly sharp!

I would highly recommend this course to anyone with even the slightest interest in forging or chef's knives!

Thanks for the course,
Ben and James :)

- - #24977

Response from White Tiger Knives:

Ben, James

It was a total pleasure to have you both on the two day course. The knives you created were beautiful and you both should be very proud of how they turned out.

Kind regards


Cannot rate this course highly enough.
Two professional chefs, spent two fantastic days with Steve, making two beautiful knives.
Steve's endless passion, skill and patience made the time so enjoyable and the knives we made are truly unique.
If you are considering this course, don't hesitate, you won't regret it.
Many thanks Steve and the chances are high that I will see you again soon for another knife adventure!

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Hi Pip

Thank you very much for choosing to come on my two day chefs knife course. Yourself and Dale worked really hard, especially on the last day as we worked right through lunch so we could complete both of your knives. It's not a surprise really as you are both used to working in high pressure environments, given your backgrounds as professional executive chefs. I know your knives will give you a life time of service and it was a pleasure to help you both create them.

I took the two day forging a chefs knife course with Steve in his brilliant newly built workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and walked away with a beautiful and functional tool that will be my forever go to knife in my kitchen. Steve is an incredible teacher and knows his craft. His passion about bladesmithing shows in everything he does and can be seen in his creations, including his pupils end products. As I said, I walked away with skills, knowledge and a top quality blade that will be in my kitchen for the rest of my life. Thank you very very much Steve!

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Response from White Tiger Knives:

Thank you Tom for your kind words and for sending me the video of you using your knife in the kitchen, your man blade certainly makes the cut.

Kind regards


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- - #19802

This course was fantastic. Having completed my one day taster the previous week and enjoying creating a small utility blade, I wanted to try this more ambitious 2 day course and make my own chef's knife. I showed my design to Steve and we set to work. Under his expert eye and having total confidence in everything he said, I hot forged and shaped the blade, then we heat treated and tempered the blade and ground the bevels. day 2 was spent finishing the blade and making and fitting the handle. It was hard work and full on but the passion and enthusiasm that comes from Steve just made it so enjoyable. I was totally blown away by the beautiful knife I made.
Thank you SO MUCH Steve!

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 21st November 2019
Saturday 14th December 2019
Thursday 16th January 2020
Thursday 23rd January 2020
Thursday 6th February 2020
Friday 21st February 2020
Thursday 5th March 2020
Thursday 19th March 2020
Friday 3rd April 2020
Thursday 16th April 2020

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  • Suitable for beginners

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