Knife Making and Bladesmith classes

Duration: 1 day

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 useable tool, a have a visiting expert Steve Nowacki leading the class . Steve won the prestigious award of 'best knife' at the '2016 knifemakers show'.
Steve usually bring along a selection of the knives he is currently working on so be prepared to be envious !
We also will be running a 3 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.

Starting time is 9.30 and we normally have lunch at our local pub about 12.30 or 1ish. Finish time is usually 4.30-5pm but can overrun slightly sometimes
Class sizes are generally 4-6 attending with 2 to 3 tutors.

We ask for payment at the time of booking to confirm the place on the course.

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 !

Want to review this course?

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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