I received a kitchen knife course as a gift, great gift and great day.
Two nice and knowledgeable guys, very friendly and good delivery style. Very relaxed and patient.
Dave led the class and provided some very nice pine cone and resin scales that he had made. Very unique and gave a great finish.
I came away with a great knife that is usable and a great talking point.
If you or someone you know is thinking of trying this then I would definitely recommend the Highfield forge.
They also make items to order.
I bought this course for my brother's Birthday who has always seemed interested in blacksmithing but struggled to find opportunities.
I cannot express more that my expectations were completely blown away at how brilliant a time he seemed to have had. He has shown his knife (that he crafted there, himself) to anyone that is even remotely interested.
I am so thoroughly satisfied with how the day went that the next plan is for my dad and myself to go with him next time.
By all accounts, Andy and Dave sound like brilliant, genuine guys that my brother got on with very well and it was not at all awkward. I was also surprised as to how much freedom my brother had in crafting the knife, since it sounds as if he was able to do 99% of the crafting unassisted, but with guidance and instruction from Andy and Dave.
A fantastic service which is more than recommended by me, especially if you are up North (we travelled from Liverpool) as there seems to be limited forges around here, which is reflected in this review and the others.
My husband just finished his axe today with Andy and it came out perfect. The teaching was very hands on and we enjoyed every second. Andy is super friendly making the experience worth while. We look forward to coming back soon to make something else!
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!
What an experience, had the most amazing day in the forge.
Well taught and structured, will definitely be booking again.
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!
Had a great day, Andy was class through the day and always on hand to help. I can’t wait to book on for round 2
I would urge anyone even remotely interested is forging, knife making or just general metal working to take this course.
Andy and Dave are fantastic teachers with very clear, concise, calm and informative instructions and happy to help with any questions and problems you may have no matter how good, or not, you are.
I can’t wait to go back there for round 2. Cheers lads 👍
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!
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 👍