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.
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 :)
Ben Routledge - - #24977
Response from White Tiger Knives:Ben, James
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!
Pip Sandrey - - #22884
Response from White Tiger Knives:Hi Pip
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!
Tom - - #20382
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.
Best bladesmith course I've ever done, and a privilege to have individual tuition from award winning Master Bladesmith Steve Nowacki, new novices just starting their bladesmithing journey, or those with experience, will get a great deal from this course, not to mention walking away from the course with a fully functional forged and anvil crafted, hardened, tempered, buffed, razor sharpened blade with a quality handle made from first rate materials all crafted, shaped and polished by your own hands (with Steve's expert guidance every step of the way), your own personal knife that will last a lifetime.
Steve paid particular attention to the type of blade I wanted to craft, and prepared the perfect template to achieve my bespoke request, doesn’t get more unique then that :)
Workshop was very well laid out and spacious, and included every piece of kit and powertool a bladesmith could ever dream of, and then some ontop! I felt like I was a kid in a sweetshop :)
Steve was very welcoming and we had great fun over the 2 days of this highly recommended experience.
John Golds - - #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!
Liz DE CHASTELAIN - - #19266
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