Clarke Knives reviews

20 May 24'

Andrew Hobkirk reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"I bought this experience for my wife and I after watching several hundred episodes of Forged in Fire. Well worth it, excellent tuition, facilities and equipment. Many thanks to all the Clarkes for a great weekend. Cheers and see you again soon."

Clarke Knives responded:

"Hi Andy, It was a good weekend and most enjoyable for us too. So glad you both enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards, Graham Clarke"

24 Mar 24'

Annika reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Fantastic thing to be able to make your own knife. David and Decklan were excellent teachers - giving clear instructions and explaining the process then letting you get on with it but stepping in to help when asked and giving tips. A great 40th birthday present for a friend and weโ€™ve both come away with knives weโ€™ve made ourselves that we can use and keep for years to come."

Clarke Knives responded:

"You both did really well and went home with great knives ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š"

20 Mar 24'

Steve Irving reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"I enjoyed the course, from the first introduction to Graham and David right through to leaving with a blade I had forged. I would and have recommended this experience. It was managed in a relaxed way but always in a safe, informed manner. A pleasure to watch and learn from skilled craftsmen."

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks Steve, it was good to have you with us for the day and hope to see you again ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š"

7 Feb 24'

Kerry Anne reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Fantastic course"

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks, we're all glad you enjoyed your time with us"

27 Jan 24'

Ross reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Excellent day, the guys were great very patient and knowledgeable. Throughly enjoyed the day. "

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks Ross ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š"

7 Jan 24'

Peter Acton reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Had a great day . We spent the day making a b-knife from start to finish. Graham, David and Decklan demonstrated every stage then with their support you did everything with their fantastic Guidance and knowledge . If you want to understand and experience, I would recommend you enrol on this course. Great day thanks guys "

Clarke Knives responded:

"We're all glad we met your expectations ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š"

4 Dec 23'

Lee Saunders reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"I had a fantastic 2 days at Vlakvark forge. Graham, David and Decklan are true master craftsmen. They run through everything you will be doing and let you get on with it, but are there for guidance and help if needed. After two days Iโ€™ve come away with a great knife I am very proud of. Thank you for a great weekend, I will soon be back."

Clarke Knives responded:

"You did really well this weekend Lee and we all look forward to your next visit."

30 Nov 23'

steve pearson reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Great course with very knowledgeable instruction. Turning a lump of grey steel into a shiny sharp blade was a very satisfying experience. Multiple stages all well managed and guided by 3 generations of the same family. Highly recommended!"

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks Steve, and it was great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š"

19 Nov 23'

Clive Marchant reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Brilliant day, thoroughly recommended. Great team and we came away with very usable knives."

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks Clive. It was a full house with plenty of laughs. I hope we'll see you again."

7 Nov 23'

Mike reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"This course is excellent, as are Graham, David and Declan. You start with a plain lump of metal and through a process of heating, bashing, shaping, grinding, hardening and sharpening you end up with a knife which is not only functional but attractive to look at as well. It is hugely rewarding and gives a feeling of pride in what you have achieved."

Clarke Knives responded:

"Great that you enjoyed your time with us and it feels fantastic to us that you were so richly rewarded"

22 Oct 23'

Gary Wilbur Wright reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"The bladesmith course is excellent, a great facility and superb instruction, well paced with a relaxed atmosphere. Graham, David and Decklan deliver a first class experience that is great value. Highly recommend them and the course."

22 Oct 23'

Mirabelle reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Fantastic day. Great family atmosphere with a lot of good fun banter between the generations. A real forge workshop environment. Will be back for more, it was that good. "

14 Sep 23'

Sarah reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"I attended this workshop with two friends. Graham, David and Decklan were absolute stars and made the whole experience enjoyable and informative. We loved their no nonsense approach and we learnt a lot about bladesmithing and metallurgy. We all took home lovely and practical knives which remind us of a fabulous day! "

Clarke Knives responded:

"It really was a good day. We all hope to see you again sometime ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š"

11 Sep 23'

Stephen Britten reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Absolutely amazing day to be had! Highly recommend this course. This was not my first bladesmithing experience, but definitely the best so far. The guys have a lot of patience, and even if it's your first time you'll come away with something you're proud of! Thank you and hopefully, see you all again in the not too distant future "

Clarke Knives responded:

"Glad you enjoyed it. Your knife turned out really well"

10 Sep 23'

Craig Owlett reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"I had a fantastic day attending a Knife making course at the Vladvark Forge. Graham, David and Decklan are extremely knowledgeable and hands on teachers who made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable. I would highly recommend everyone to give this a try!"

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks Craig - the day was good despite the heat of the hottest day of the year adding to that in the forge ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚"

2 Aug 23'

Luis reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"Excellent course, really nice tutors and very well done! Highly recommended."

Clarke Knives responded:

"Thanks Luis, It was a good weekend and we enjoyed having you with us. Regards, Graham"

18 Jul 23'

Royston Wise reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"Graham, David and Decklan were fantastic instructors. Friendly, straight talking you will be guided through the many processes of bladesmithing. It's a wonderful experience and worth every penny. And you leave with some knowledge and insights as well as your own self built tool (knife or axe) which will be your pride and joy for many many years !"

16 Jul 23'

John Mellon reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"A great day spent with Graham, David and Decklan on my 50th birthday learning to make a knife. They took the time to show you how to do it right and were a little firm if very sporting when you got it wrong. I thoroughly recommend spending a day or two in these guys company even when the rugby isnโ€™t going their way "

12 Jul 23'

Yvonne Edgecock reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"My husband bought me this experience because I love Forged in Fire. The experience I had was excellent! Graham and the team were so welcoming and very patientโ€ฆ took me a while to hammer out the steel! They show you what to do but you really are the one making the blade. It was so much fun, would definitely recommend. Still canโ€™t believe I forged a knife!"

11 Jun 23'

Colin reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Having watched Forged in Fire I really wanted to give it a go. These guys were amazing, they helped you through the whole process, with good advice and great banter so everyone left with a great looking knife. I highly recommend this day. "

6 Jun 23'

Keith reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"Superb. Graham, David and Declan made the course very enjoyable with plenty of laughs. Their knowledge was evident from the start. The instruction was great and well timed, only getting involved when I had made a bit of a mess. I would thoroughly recommend having a go at this. I hope to return to try again. "

5 Jun 23'

Paul Holland reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"Thoroughly recommend this course. Each stage is very well explained and demonstrated and you are given as much freedom when using the equipment as you require and are assisted when you ask or if the staff recognise you may need a little bit of assistance. Very friendly and very experienced team, that make sure you leave having had a great time and take home a great finished product."

4 Jun 23'

Jon Fennell reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"This is a fantastic weekend course So much fun and I learnt so much I cannot rate Graham and his team higher enough Will be back for another course Thank you Jon Fennell"

14 May 23'

Bob derham reviewed: Bladesmithing Experience Day

"Very well taught by experienced craftsmen whose passion for getting it right far outweighed my ok is good enough approach. Ended up with a lovely strong and very sharp utility knife. Thanks"

Clarke Knives responded:

"โ€˜Twas a good day Bob. Weโ€™re glad you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again soon."

24 Apr 23'

Paul Mallorie reviewed: Bladesmithing Weekend

"Wow !! We had such a great time at the forge this weekend. Such an incredible experience of forging a knife, handle & sheath. A big thanks to Graham, David & Dex for sharing their knowledge, wealth of experience and humour. We canโ€™t wait to come back for the axe making course and will be bringing some friends too. "

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