What an awesome time today making a knife at Highfield forge.
Andy and Dave were absolutely superb and explained everything step by step in a very clear way. Even when I forgot some instructions they were on hand to give advice and point me back in the right direction.
The end result was me walking out of the forge with my own knife and sheath which was so satisfying. I will definitely be back to have a go at the axe making!
Highly recommend anyone giving this course a go, well worth every penny!
Cannot recommend this place enough!!
I was scared to participate due to a joint and bone issue, but I am so glad I did!! Not only was it incredibly fun and informative, but it made a product I am so proud of! Dave and Andy helped as much as I wanted and supported me if I was struggling.
My boyfriend also took part and had an incredible day too, we even learned about other things the guys make after the course ended.
We both rate this place and both guys very very highly and can't wait to return soon!
Wow, what an experience this was! Still feel giddy about the day and the knives we got to take with us at the end of it!
Andy was so helpful, insightful and very funny! He was always watching to make sure you don't make huge mistakes and offering good tips or bits of interesting info. Was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with him while he let us have fun with the hammer, and later with the grinding machines. They were all easy to operate, but we suspect the ease came from the help Andy gave us, as well as encouraging words and constant + careful inspection of our work.
The day was completed with making the sheath, which I honestly think is a brilliant idea. It gives the feeling of doing a completely different task and finishing off your piece. I will be honest, I came along thinking the end product might not be great but the experience would be worth it... The experience WAS worth it but I also ended up with a great product that I am extremely proud of.
Been recommending this to friends and family since New Years. Thank you Andy! Happy 2020!
We had a blast! I absolutely recommend this half-day course to any beginner! I am a woman, with not a lot of strength in my arms and moderately fit, and we came together with a guy friend. We both found it challenging in the arms (don't hesitate to ask for a lighter hammer sooner - 2.5kg was too much for me, but a lighter one was much better!) but oh so satisfying and fun. You get to do each step of the process yourself (except the differential tempering which requires experience).
Andy and Dave were super friendly and warm. They explained anything that needed explaining, gave proper demonstrations, answered all our questions; they corrected us and helped us out when necessary. This is a working forge, so most of the time we were left on our own to do our thing (which I really appreciated) but they kept an eye on us and checked in regularly. Sometimes they would rectify whatever needed rectifying, to make sure that, for example, no cracks were going to develop later, ruining our work.
I loved the forging bit. Using the belt grinder was a bit more challenging for me because I never used any power tools before, but given time to focus it actually got fun. Overall we ended up super happy and physically tired (in a good way!) and we have a beautiful custom knife that we can show off and use. Also, we had a bit of choice and liberty in the shape of it so our knives don't exactly look the same and that's satisfying.
The forge is a fun place to be in, with all the stuff and gear and the music around, and Andy and Dave working on their own projects. The price is very reasonable for the experience and result you get. I recommend this experience to all and especially to women who wonder if they'd like it or if they can do it. For me it was very new and exciting, and I'm sure you'll love it too!
This course was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute. Andy was great. Very friendly atmosphere. Instruction was clear and supervision was at just the right level. Andy allowed me to work independently and gave a true bladesmithing experience and avoided any over explanation or prolonged demonstration. This was truly hands on! Perfect experience!
Forged in flames (Forged in fire experience)
Absolutely fantastic!! Andy was an awesome instructor. Clear instruction and guidance but didn't hover over you and let you get stuck in. Genuinely nice guys. I will be coming again 😁 thank you. Love my knife 👍
My wife bought me the 3 day sword course for my 50th and it was great! Andy was very informative and even though I've been in metalworking for most of my life I still learned a lot. Haven't stopped admiring my sword since I got back but be warned, after the course you will want to get your own forge, anvil and belt grinder to practise your new skills! My wife wasn't too happy with that bit.
When you arrive at the forge the sounds, smells and heat can be a little intimidating but have no fear. Within minutes Andy will have you swinging a hammer with glee as you begin to shape and craft your own knife from glowing hot steel.
The course is fun and informative from start to finish. Andy is always on hand to help correct mistakes and provide guidance.
A few points of advice.
1. Make sure you follow the suggestion above and take plenty of drinking water.
2. If you can secure yourself a pair or grip/impact supporting gloves for your hammer yielding hand you may save yourself the odd blister. If you can't then you'll still be able to hammer away so don't worry.
Enjoy your time in the forge. I certainly did and will be booking again in the near future.
No past experience with metal work or forging. Andy put us all at ease and made the day a fantastic memorable experience even with a trophy (knife) to bring home as well. I would definitely do again and definitely recommend it.
Excellent four hour course with Andy, excellent tuition and demonstration, very experienced and knowledgeable, well worthwhile. If you are intending to book a course it’s advisable to take a drink with you.
Had a brilliant time. Andy and Dave helped out and gave advice with their obvious years of knowledge. Came away with a beautiful knife and a massive smile on mine and my son's faces'. Would recommend this to anyone.
Andy was a great teacher...allowed you to work at your own pace; there when you needed help but otherwise just stood back and let you get on with it. Friendly and pleasant guy.
Highly recommend this to anyone!
Absolutely brilliant!!! I got this as an anniversary present for my boyfriend who likes knives and does woodwork, so thought he would enjoy learning how to make a knife from the beginning. I was also taking part but didn’t expect to have so much fun doing it myself! Dave and Andy are both great and easy going lads, they made sure we were safe in everything we did but also wanted us to have fun and make our own knife, only intervening when needed on corrections to make sure we had something nice to take home but still with our own mark on it. Great atmosphere and definitely an experience worth having. I know we already have our eye on the axe course! Wholeheartedly recommend! Thank you both guys 👍