About the Course
Under the tutelage of Graham Clarke you will learn to make a stainless steel, fixed blade knife by the stock removal method (no forging) or a carbon steel fixed blade by forging and flat grinding. You will also design and make a leather sheath for your knife.
During day 1 you will:-
* Cut the knife profile from sheet steel or forge it from steel plate.
* Prepare the blank and heat-treat it
* Hollow grind (flat grind for a forged knife), polish or satin finish the blade
On Day 2 you will:-
* Fit bolsters and handle scales
* Shape and finish the handle
* Sharpen and finish your knife
* Design, make and finish a leather sheath
Graham is a qualified Metallurgist and has many years experience both as a knife maker and a commercial heat treater.
The course runs as required and can be on consecutive days or on AdHoc days (any days, mid-week and some weekend days, mostly Sundays) to suit your requirements.
The course normally runs on the basis of 1-to-1 tuition and is open to all from the age of 18. Group bookings, for up to 3 people can be specially arranged. Please contact Graham for these on the Contact button above.
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 tools, materials, consumables and safety equipment will be supplied. Please wear old clothing and sturdy shoes. No shorts or open shoes.
Lunch will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day.
* If you have any special dietary requirements you may wish to bring your own refreshments for the day.
I did the two day knife making course and enjoyed every minute of it. Graham's teaching style is excellent and because he makes a knife too you can physically see each step along the way. He was always on hand and aware if any steps weren't quite right, without feeling like he was watching over my shoulder.
He also provides a decent lunch and good conversation!
I'd recommend the course to anyone (and have done loads in the few days since I did it!)
Richard Brassington - - #21528
I really can't recommend this course highly enough. In two days I made a fantastic chef's knife from sheet steel, brass bar stock and burr elm under Graham's expert guidance. The facilities are excellent and Graham is great company. His tuition style ensures that you understand each step and why it is necessary but he lets you get on with it, helping when requested and aiding improvements to the finish. If you have ever considered learning how to make a knife, you will not go wrong learning with Graham.
Peter Hatherell - - #21281
Thanks to Graham and his tuition, in two days I produced a blade that looked professionally made. Graham is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of this craft. I had lots of fun making this blade and definitely recommend it to anyone.
Andy Milford - - #17810
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
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