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Make a Chefs Knife

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

Price: £370

Run by: John Loveluck
at Anvil Forge


The forge
Blackcroft farm

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About the Course

Our new course by popular request. The two day chefs 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 prefered 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 or telephone us. 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.

Want to review this course?

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

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

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….

- - #16175

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