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Knife Making and Bladesmith classes

Duration: 1 day 9.30am - 4.30pm/5.00pm

Price: £175

Book with: john
at Anvil Forge

The Forge
Blackcroft farm
Wokingham, Reading

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About the Course

The one day knife making course is designed for beginners that have no or little experience in metalwork or blacksmithing. The course starts with a quick safety talk and a cup of coffee. Once we are all settled in the first task is to make a fire poker which will give everyone some hammering skills and a feel of how the material will react once its heated.

The knife we make is a Viking one piece knife which is great piece for a beginner to work on as it have many of the aspects of knife making and blacksmithing combined.

We also run a 2 day course for the more ambitious in the near future for more details just email us.
The material we will be using is commonly called 'spring steel' which has a greater carbon content , these are the properties that make it more suitable to being hardened to ensure it keeps a much better edge to the blade.

Class sizes are generally 4-6 with maximum of 8 attending with 2,3 or 4 tutors depending on class sizes.

We ask for payment at the time of booking to confirm the place on the course.
Please Note : weekend courses carry a 10.00 surcharge to cover additional costs.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials needed are included. We supply everything needed to enable you to make your knife including all safety equipment except footwear. All aprons , gloves, goggles etc are supplied.
Also included in the cost is a cooked lunch at our local pub .

Due to the specialist nature of this course , we cannot give any refunds within five weeks of the course running .

Of course complimentary tea, coffee of cordial drinks are available at any time and we have been even known to hand out hobnobs or some other suitable biscuits as well!

please note at weekends or open ended vouchers the cost is 185.00

Want to review this course?

This course is a fantastic start for a newbie looking to get a practical understanding of the tools and a few of the base skills of the craft. I'll be booking in my second experience soon and can't wait! The knife you make will be aesthetic and useful. Thanks John, Spencer and Aidan for some top instructing.

- - #23965

Where do I start; what a wonderful day. From beginning to end you are made to feel at home by John, Spencer and Aiden, who are continuously a wealth of knowledge and who are on hand throughout the day. Although a group experience, Spencer and Aiden make sure to go around and provide 1-1 attention to everyone and give as much or as little support as needed. This was bought as a gift and it is probably the most appreciated and enjoyed, memorable gift I have ever given; everyone should experience this at least once, but I assure you that you will soon have a new hobby - especially at the hands of the Anvil Forge. We definitely have and will be returning. Thank you John, Spencer and Aiden.

- - #23767

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Zoe
I am happy that we got you so enthralled in bladesmithing and pleased that you proved once again the ladies can give the guys a run for their money when fire and iron are the tools to work with.
Whenever you are both ready to return there will be welcome coffee and biscuits waiting for you.
best wishes

Joined these guys for the day I think last year, and can't think of a nicer bunch of blokes to spend the day forging with. Even though I was very keen before I went on this experience day to get into forging, I have since built a small coal forge and have successfully made several knives of my own including a low layer Damascus kitchen knife.

Thanks for the support on the day and igniting a new hobby.

- - #23347

Just finished a 1 day Viking knife making course with John and had an amazing time. Our group was small and it was the hottest day of the year, and I still had a good time.

We were made to feel welcome and I learned a lot. John and his guest tutor Alex had a wealth of knowledge and were keen to impart as much as possible and I hope he takes up his invitation to join Forged in Fire.

Hope to join him again some time to do another course (maybe on a cooler day).

- - #23043

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi John
thanks for review and nice to get feedback that we can share . I will let young Alex know you appreciated his help as well.
I dont think I will take up the offer to do 'forged in fire ' as its entertaining to watch on tv but after the session we had in the heat I dont think I would enjoy it .
best wishes

Wonderful day starting with a poker to get used to things and moving onto knife making - A lot packed into the day! I was pleasantly surprised what a novice could produce - but that is down to great instruction and help. If you are thinking about it - just do it!

- - #22416

An absolutely brilliant day the guys packed so much in to the day and we enjoyed every minute. I'm so pleased with my knife for cutting the wedding cake and I couldn't have made it without the help of John, Mark and Steven. I would highly recommend this course and would be happy to come back and do another course in the future.

- - #20788

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Matt
really pleased you all had a great time and loved the idea of cutting your wedding cake with the knife you made. Its really rewarding for us to share our knowledge with a group of guys that were to interested in all the techniques and intricacies of 'bladesmithing'.
Please send pictures of you and your bride cutting the cake. I hope to see you both in six years time for the 'iron' wedding anniversary.
many thanks
John and Team

I had my introduction to blacksmithing course yesterday and at the end of the day I was tired, dirty and grinning like an idiot. This was easily the best day I've had in a very long time indeed and I got a poker and kitchen knife out of it too!
Being only a small group of students meant that we had the undivided attention of tutors John, David and Spencer and they're a cracking bunch of blokes; friendly, knowledgeable, funny and they really made the day special for everyone.
I would unequivocally recommend this course to anyone interested in blacksmithing or bladesmithing and wants an introduction to the practical aspects.
I'm saving up for my next visit!

- - #19603

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Tristan
I think that your comments say it all!
we all feel pretty lucky meeting you guys and helping you all have a great time as well as making some pretty great blades along the way .
Dont forget to watch this space as we have few new courses ( axes , bushcraft with another smith etc) coming up during the summer.

best wishes

Fantastic day at the forge with John and the guys. There were 6 of us on the course. Having 3 forges and John, Spencer and Charlotte to instruct we had a very good ratio of instructor/kit to student. I came to make a knife but I would have been happy just going away with my fireplace poker. Forging the knife was the cherry on top. The lunchtime pub food was very good.

I'm definitely considering which course to do next. Would recommend this course to anyone who fancies a go.

- - #17745

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Eddie
thanks for review, I am pleased the knife was the cherry on the cake !
as you know we have a selection of metalwork or blacksmith courses and you are welcome back anytime.
ps the pub we use offers a 20% discount on all our students that have attended , if interested email me and I will send a voucher.
best wishes

Fantastic day at the forge with John and the team.
I joined a course with 4 other students, we were instructed by John, Steve, Spencer and Charlotte. Excellent tutelage from all the team. Not only did they explain what to do and how to do it, they also explained why we were doing it, which made learning much easier for me.
I didn't want to the day to end, and I'm definitely considering which course to do next.
Would recommend this course to any and everyone.

- - #17580

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Paul
thanks for leaving the review. I think you are not the only one who would stay late and carry on ! I did tell you that it can be addictive .
Of course you are welcome back to make another Knife of a different style and now you have done the first class, and have that experience and a degree of skill gained on the day a new world of metalwork and blacksmithing is opened up.
Best wishes
John and the Team

We spent a day as a family & complete novices at Anvil Forge.
My wife & teenage daughters were nervous when they arrived but Spencer was patient & encouraging. Two to one tuition with Steve as the second instructor - now there is a man who is passionate about his knives. Girls can't wait to go again & make a dragon. Thoroughly worth the drive down from Macclesfield.

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- - #16612

Fantastic day with John and his team at the forge - The day starts with a H&S briefing, then it's onto learning/re-learning some basics by making a simple poker, then it's onto the Viking-style hand-knife, using a combination of forgework to get the blade area thinned down , then shaping and bending of the handle, followed by the grinding and filling of the cutting edge.

The class size is small 5-7 and sensibly-paced, so John and his guys can spend quality time with each student and ensure everyone goes away happy with a functioning knife (and poker!).

A hearty pub lunch is included (plenty of options) and the tea and coffee are on the go all day.

I thoroughly recommend this course!

- - #15561

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Alan
thanks for review , I am pleased we get it right for are welcome back anytime.
best wishes

An amazing course for anyone interested in blacksmithing. John, Spencer and Steve are great teachers, and the course is run at a comfortable pace for any ability. You will learn a great deal about the art of blade making and gain first hand experience of many blacksmithing techniques, from shaping hot metal with a hammer and anvil through to hardening and honing your own blade that you can take home. The day is immensely good fun and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

- - #15047

Had a fantastic (if a bit chilly) day with John, Spencer and Mark making a poker and a viking knife. Was excellent to get my hands dirty (beats sitting at a keyboard all day!). Great for total beginners; the team are so helpful.

- - #13396

Had my one day knife making course yesterday (17/2/18) and had an amazing day. John Steve and Ollie were great and were so knowledgeable and happy to help.
I have never done anything like this before and was happy to leave with a fire poker and my own man blade. Paced at a really good level and never felt rushed or things not going quick enough.
I drove 2 hours from the midlands to do this course and would happily go again tomorrow!
Great course would highly recommend

- - #13072

I'm 14 years old I stared making things when I was 11 years old and I still do it now but I have been wishing to do it properly making knifes arrows I would say I'm good at blacksmithing but not an expert at it that's why I'm want to work as a blacksmith .

- - #13036

Fantastic day. The guys who run it are really enthusiastic and give you loads of advice and support. Really proud of my Knife and poker. Don't worry if, like me, you haven't done metal work since school and you're not that practical. It's a fascinating insight into an ancient craft and I guarantee you will be chuffed to bits with the day and the things you have made.

- - #12843

This was a really engaging course and i am so amazingly proud of my poker and knife. I really believe that this will be a blade that will last a lifetime and i made it! Steve, John and Spence were welcoming, really hands on throughout the day without doing it for me. I enjoyed every second and the day flew past. Would recommend to anyone.

- - #12566

loved the Day made a knife in a spartan flare that I am having chromed it's just a very good hands-on experience on Par with forged in fire, as at the end of the day "it will cut"
Solid five stars
Bad bits
the postcode, not the best flew past and missed the sign (needs to be painted white) suggest also to eat before you arrive being out in the middle of nowhere with no shops for miles around but did find a Londis after foraging for food
the very good bit
the pub grub was lovely and the guys at the forge know there stuff hopefully next year they're going to make axes and a tomahawk would be great to have one.

- - #11422

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and made a knife which is (startlingly) capable of neatly slicing tomatoes! Perfect for re-enactment cookery. I am quite small so have realised it would have maybe been a little easier with one of the lower anvils; definitely using the angle grinder at a lower bench was a good move, but age and gender are no excuse for not trying this class. A complete escape from daily life and challenging enough to give a great sense of achievement, but manageable too. Delicious lunch. Book soon because I am telling all my friends to go.

- - #11318

So much fun!!! They're great guys there and you will get dirty! Haha, also the pub they take you to does lovely food!

- - #11074

I had a fantastic day from beginning to end- as a big fan of Forged in Fire I was looking forward to learning the skills of how to make my own knife. The team at the forge - John and Steve especially - were very helpful and willing to pass on their skills. A friendly and welcoming team - I look forward to a return visit. I would highly recommend a visit to the forge if this is something you are thinking about trying.

- - #9756

Had a great day and even as a total novice I walked away with a blade to be proud to have forged. Very friendly and knowledgeable team who are willing to pass on all the tricks and tips you need to produce a working, hardened blade.
I'll definitely be going back for more.

- - #9678

Right gonna keep this short! Wow what a day!!!everything was spot on from the cup of tea first thing to the goodbyes at the end. John, steve and the lads are so knowledgeable and you can not help but soak up everything they say. It feet like i had worked in the forge for years! Cheers guys im comming back!!

- - #9478

I ended up making more than just a knife under the creative tutelage John and his team. Great way to re-connect with your metal beating side and learn something at the same time. A well organised day - if you go, keep turning right once you've entered the farm and you'll find it unobtrusively in the corner. Son was very very jealous of what I made and I'll be coming back again with him in tow (daughter thought I got too dirty !) - there's a reason they're called Black-smiths !

Great day, interesting genuine people. Well worth it - thanks again.

- - #9319

A well paced introduction to blacksmithing and blade making aimed at the young and old alike.

I was very happy with the entire day. From starting out on a fire poker to making a handled blade and then heat treating the cutting edge.

I came away with a very useable knife.

- - #9295

Had a fantastic day on Saturday with John and Steve. Will definitely be going back.

- - #9294

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