Myself, partner and my brother organised the one day experience for Dads special birthday. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend the experience to anyone! I have enjoyed showing photos of the day to family, friends and colleagues. There is plenty of help available but you are also given independence to just get on with it so the balance felt very comfortable. There was also plenty of food and drink available throughout the day which was a very thoughtful touch. Thank you for a great day. From Maria and family.
Response from Clarke Knives:Thank you Maria, we're all so glad you had such a great day with us. Regards, Graham, David & Decklan
Me and my wife had a great day. We both enjoyed learning about bladesmithing and forging our own knifes. Graham is very knowledgable. We very much recommend this course.
Response from Clarke Knives:It was a good day Kris, I hope we'll see you and Jana again soon.
It’s not often that you can get an absolutely top-rate expert to walk you through a new experience, but that’s what my son and I got at Vlakvark Forge. Forget other forges experiences that ‘play’ at knife making and you leave you with some two-bit effort. Graham, a highly qualified and experienced metallurgist, took us through the whole process of forging, grinding, heat treating, tempering and finishing the blade, explaining every step in minute detail. I can not recommend him highly enough.
Response from Clarke Knives:Thanks Rob, It was a very enjoyable day. Regards, Graham
Fantastic course with really top notch instruction. Purchased the day as an experience for a family member's birthday, and it was really great fun.
I never thought I could possibly create a knife from a hunk of metal, but as the day progressed it gradually took shape. Really satisfying craft!
Response from Clarke Knives:We all hope to see you again sometime.
A great day and full of learning and fun. The guys supported everyone irrespective of baseline skills and were happy to help and give as much knowledge and insight as requested. Thoroughly enjoyable and cannot recommend highly enough!
Response from Clarke Knives:Thanks Richard, It's gratifying to know the day met your expectations, Regards Graham
The course from start to finish was fantastic. A great bunch of passionate, professional and down to earth guys at the top of their profession. Lunch was great, the banter and brew flowed throughout the day and the expert training and support to give everyone attending an end product of a working knife is testimony to the way the course was run. Brilliant, thank you.
Response from Clarke Knives:It was a really good day Peter. We all hope to see you again in the future
I had spoken to Graham at their stand at the Newbury County Fair in 2019 and my girlfriend decided to surprise me by booking a course for my birthday.
Graham, David and Declan (3 generations of Clarkes') were all excellent instructors and very knowledgeable in their craft. After getting the initial obligatory COVID-19 / safety talk out of the way, Graham gave a brief overview of what we would be doing during the day through each stage of the process. The course was very hands on which I enjoyed though Graham was there keeping his expert eye on things and offering guidance on improving technique to better the outcome and explained why certain things done at that stage affected the process at a later stage. Each stage was carefully explained and I left feeling greater awe at the skills of these master craftsmen.
It was a most enjoyable experience and the time literally flew by. I have to recommend the guys at Vlakvark Forge and I shall definitely be back to do more.
Having had Bladesmithing as a new hobby/side project on my mind for quite a while I decided to take the one day course to get a feel for what exactly's involved.
Graham, David & Declan (great kid) were all really engaging and made the day fun, enjoyable and really informative. You can tell they all have a lot of knowledge about the blacksmithing world.
It's definitely made me realise I want to pursue Bladesmithing beyond this one off experience. I'll be back for more.
Response from Clarke Knives:And we look forward to seeing you again Robbie.
A birthday gift from my partner. And what a great day it was. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Came away with a knife I can use in a bit of bushcraft. Nothing fancy but function is more important. I've used it and am well happy. Definitely recommend.
Response from Clarke Knives:Thanks Colin, I hope we'll see you again soon.
Superb weekend spent making a great knife. Really pleased I went for the two day option and ended up with a completed knife and hand made sheath.
Graham, David and Declan were the fun side of professional throughout and clearly knew what what they were talking about.
Already saving up for the axe course.
Response from Clarke Knives:It was a great Weekend Experience and we all look forward to seeing you again
Great course covering all aspects of making a knife from start to finish. Good staff to attendee ratios enabling prompt attention to each stage of the process with clear guidance and explanations not only what to do but why the step is necessary.
Good natured conversation throughout made the day highly enjoyable.
Very pleased to get a finished product at the end of the day, and with the parachute cord option for the handle allowed the knife to be usable immediately.
Response from Clarke Knives:An enjoyable day indeed Simon with a great result.
A great hands on experience day, enjoyed learning how to craft metal at a proper forge. Enjoyed every minute with Graham and his family great people and very knowledgeable in their skills.
Response from Clarke Knives:It was great to have you with us Harry - I hope we'll see you again soon
What a day, Graham and his Team were excellent from start to finish. Everything was explained at the beginning of what we wanted to achieve, you then go into the forge and Declan his Grandson (14) gives you a practical demonstration of Knife forging. It is then your turn to repeat, this happens at every stage of the experience.
No question is stupid, if you do something wrong Graham or the team can fix it.
I went from someone with a bit of knowledge to making a knife.
It is a day I did with my son I will not forget. We are trying to work out when we can do the two day course.
Thank you Graham and Team
My wife got me this experience as a Christmas present due to my Forged in fire addiction (beats Love Island). I had a properly ace day being taught an unknown skill by really friendly and truly talented smiths. You;ll keep all fingers and thumbs, don't worry they've got you covered 😉. The blade I came away with is now pride of place on my cheese board. I will definitely be going back for the two day course at some point!