Kitchen knife making course



This is a specialist 3 day class concentrating on the particular techniques of forging a kitchen knife.
We will forge a 7 – 8 inch kitchen knife.

No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:
· Using a coke forge and gas forge
· Forging the blade to shape
· Thermocycling (reducing grain growth, which is an undesirable effect of over heating steel)
· Blade shaping, using grinder file and abrasive paper
· Heat treating
· Blade finishing, sharpening, and edge testing
. Fitting a simple handle.

The blades you make will be made from EN42J high carbon steel (or similar)

We will concentrate on finishing a single kitchen knife blade over the 3 days and will fit it to a handle . You will go away with your own finished hand forged kitchen knife., fully ground and sharpened . I like to make my kitchen knives elegant and thin and we will be forging and grinding to make you a knife that will grace your kitchen for a lifetime.

Classes run from 9am - 5pm every day

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?

You will need to bring warm, non-flammable, natural material clothing. Although the forge itself is hot, the forging area can be quite cold so please dress for all temperatures.
If you have any personal tools or favoured safety equipment, by all means bring it. I do however have full safety equipment and all tools are provided.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. We will be stopping for lunch at a local café and/or getting food at local shops so either bring money or food.


Owen Bush at Bushfire Forge


East Wickham Farm ,
Wickham St
DA16 3DA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors


9 hours (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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Richard Ford - - #3897

A fantastic course, three days completely removed from normal day to day life, focussed on creating something beautiful and useful.

In-person course
John Wood - - #3896

Just brilliant fun, this is all about doing it yourself. Hard work for those not used to handling tools. The grinding is the worst, such control required, so easy to go wrong, so good when you have done something to be proud of. Owen, thanks, you make sure that all of us do have a knife to be proud of. This was my second course at Bushfire Forge, and will not be the last. I used mine to carve the turkey!

In-person course
Peter Mace - - #3895

I really enjoyed this course. The forging of the initial shape of the blade is hard work-be prepared for 4 to 6 hours of hammering-and the grinding to shape takes a bit of concentration. But Owen gives enormous support and encouragement,and it clearly is hugely knowledgeable, and willing to share this.
I've ended up with a knife I'm very proud of, and though Owen had to do bits of it for me (I was not to be trusted with some of the grinding!), I legitimately can claim it as my work, and achieving somethingI never thought I would/could

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