Knife Making and Bladesmith classes

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

Price: £170

Run by: John Loveluck
at Anvil Forge


The forge
Blackcroft farm

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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.

To ensure we all produce a working knife which is a fully usable tool, sometimes we have a visiting expert Steve Nowacki with the class

We also will be running 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 or telephone us. 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 footware. All aprons , gloves, goggles ect are supplied.
Also included in the cost is a cooked lunch at our local pub ( and a beer , wine or soft drink) .

Due to the specialist nature of this course , we cannot give refunds within one month 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 the cost is 180.00

Want to review this course?

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.

- - #16889

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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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