Make a chef's knife



Please Note : Knife Making is not permitted to under 18 year olds unless attending with adult.
Our new course by popular request. The two day chef's style knife 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.

The material we will be using will be from 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, we also use leaf springs which give a really great texture and are often preferred to new steel. New steel is available upon request at no extra cost.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All courses include materials. PPE will be provided but please wear sturdy shoes/boots and old clothes. No fleeces or sandals please.

Included in the price is a lunch . Teas, coffee and refreshments are on a constant supply.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we shall endeavour to meet them.

We start off with a brief health and safety chat to ensure we are all as safe and sound at the end of the day as we were when we started.


John at Anvil Forge

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The Forge
Blackcroft farm
Wokingham, Reading

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 days (9:30am to 4:15pm)

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Mike Rea - - #36906

Such a great experience! I turned up full of anxiety - not done anything useful with my hands for years, so thought it unlikely I’d even end up with a knife-shaped object. But from the off, Spencer and Paul made us feel at home - stepwise instruction, personally and passionately delivered. And the knife I ended up with is one I’d have paid a lot of money for 😮
So pleased my wife found this for me

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Mike
I am so pleased that you overcame the nerves and carried on to make such a great chef knife that has pride of place at your home.
The enjoyment of working from a basic piece of carbon steel to the end result of a working knife that will last many years is really fullfilling.

I will pass on your comments to the guys as well as they enjoy the feedback as well.
best wishes

Melanie Neill - - #31002

Three of us spent 2 days making a chef's knife at the Anvil Forge. Two of us have never thought about iron work previously, far less experienced anything like it. On day 1 Aiden took us through the forging process. He was really approachable, very informative and made sure we were all comfortable handling the red hot steel safely etc. On day 2 John oversaw the woodwork (to make the knife handles) and completion of the knives. He was very supportive, even allowing one of our party do try something John had never done before (it turned out very well and was fun to do something different). We all went home having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and with three super knives that we are really very proud of. We highly recommend the experience. Good luck.

David Cooke - - #30660

I joined with 4 others, John, and his team of smiths on his two-day knife making course. Brilliant. Great fun and very rewarding being able to produce a ‘sharp’ thanks Aden.
Making a chef's knife was a fantastic way to spend two days sweating away…true craftsmen all of them, great atmosphere, team giving plenty of one to one tuition. I thoroughly recommend this course.
John, great idea with the ploughman’s lunch much better than the pub lunch!
Thank you to you all. David.

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi David
thanks for the review , I can assure you we all had great time as well . I dont think I can add much except you are welcome back of course any time and dont forget to email me for the discount voucher for your next class.
Ps Pleased about the ploughmans lunch , makes a great change from the pub!
best wishes

Leo - - #26305

A great way to spend a weekend! I like to cook and like to make things, so my girlfriend decided to buy this course for my 30th. John, Alex, Henry and Mark are all nice chaps and have a wealth of knowledge to share. What was really nice is that they always demonstrated on other pieces, so you really do make the entire knife yourself, with minimal interference. A couple of nice pub lunches didn't hurt, either!

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Leo

thanks for posting the review, I think that your knife was really great to look at and pleased that you did virtually everything yourself with just a little guidance.
the pictures are posted on the Anvil Forge gallery

I look forward to seeing you with your friends on the next class
best wishes John

Oliver Ward - - #22326

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Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Oliver
thanks for taking the time to send such a comprehensive review, I am sure this will help others to understand the amount of work you guys put in over the two days you are with us and the great time we all have both tutors and trainees.
I am pleased that your friends were impressed as well as all the work produced was of a quality that made our time teaching all the more rewarding for us as well.

As promised I will let you know about the ore smelting we have planned once we have it in the diary.
best wishes John

Mark Steven - - #21255

Having now done two course with the team at Anvil Forge, I can highly recommend them. Wonderful guys working in a great environment. The courses are paced well and interesting, this is a working forge and it is the real deal. What John, Spencer and the team produce on a daily basis is outstanding, and under their guidance you will produce a fantastic piece of work. I have managed to produce a herb cutter and a chef's knife and both have become firm favourites in the house. The easiest way to compliment them is to say I will be back to create any great blade.

Thanks for a few great days.

Mark Steven

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Mark
Really pleased that you had such a great time and looking forward to seeing you again in t6he near future on one of the other courses.

The course list is growing and will have some new interesting classes coming up soon.


Neil Parker - - #19862

Just had a weekend at Anvil Forge on the chef's knife making course. I had the best time, John, Steve & Alex were brilliant. It was a really welcoming place with so much knowledge and a keenness to pass that on but with the freedom to make it your own. Throw in a couple of tasty pub lunches and you couldn't ask for any more! Thanks again

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi Neil
thanks for you comments , I am saying this on behalf of myself and the team that we enjoyed working together with all of you on the class. I must say that you all produced some great knives that you can be proud of.

We hope to see you again soon , Alex has been refining his Damascus skills and watch this space for more info on Pattern welded knives and small axes!

Mike Bonnici - - #19763

Just spent two wonderful days @Anvil forge on a knife making course.
We were “broken in” to the process by making a poker in order to gain an understanding of basic skills immediately followed by work on our knives.
At the end of day one, it suddenly occurred to me that, although freely available, I only had stopped for one tea break because I had become so involved and was really enjoying the work.
Thanks to the superb help of John, Spencer and Steve (master blade smith) for their patient teaching, help and support (and good pub lunch) for a memorable two days. Highly recommended.

Nic Trujillo - - #19756

Thanks to John, Spencer and Steve for your incredible knowledge and experience and teaching skills. It was a very enjoyable course and I have a great knife at the end. Top course highly recommended

John Perriam - - #19656

A great course, educational, constructive and great fun. You first lean the basics of forging metal before starting on your blade.the instructor combines knowledge and patience allowing freedom of design yet great teaching. All wrapped up with two great pub lunches.

Overall fantastic course, immense fun and a great knife to take home.

Would thoroughly recommend.

Response from Anvil Forge:

Hi John
Thanks for your comments , we try to please. Photos of class coming soon!
I am seeing you again soon for more fun on the Blacksmith course where you can explore more creative metalworking!

and dont forget , another pub lunch.

best regards

Stefan Cross - - #16175

Having just completed the 2 day Chef's Knife course @AnvilForge, I am still beaming with pride at the result. I have my own personal and custom made Chef's knife which I can’t wait to use!
John (owner/blacksmith @Anvilforge), Mark (journeyman blacksmith) and Steve (knife specialist @whitetigerknives) were all brilliant during the course, offering expert tuition/guidance whilst allowing you to shape and craft your own blade out of leaf spring steel with a choice of wood for your own design of handle (I chose a unique piece of cocobolo).
I love it so much, I’m already looking at going back to craft something else! Highly recommend the course and the team. Thanks guys….

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