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Make a chef's knife

A typical chef's knife

Duration: Two days | 9.30am - 4.30/5.00pm

Price: £370

Book with: John
at Anvil Forge

The Forge
Blackcroft farm
Wokingham, Reading

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About the Course

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.

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. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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 cooked lunch in a local pub . 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.

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- - #22326

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

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

- - #21255

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.


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

- - #19862

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!

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.

- - #19763

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

- - #19756

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.

- - #19656

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

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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  • Suitable for beginners
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  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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