"Top 1-1 day at the forge. Really didn’t know what to expect as it was a present but really enjoyed. Super relaxed but informative from Jon. I made a lovely kitchen knife to the shape I wanted. I felt totally safe in his hands and picked up some bits pretty quickly while others took a little more guidance.
Be prepared as it’s a physical on your feet kinda day but that’s what I was expecting. Can’t wait to use the new knife in the kitchen."
"I attended the Forge a Knife- Blacksmithing and Knifemaking Experience Day earlier this year and can honestly say it was one of the best organised experiences I have been on! You know how you turn up to some other experiences (like a driving one) and it's a bit naff and disappointing? This was not like that at all!
You get stuck in within minutes! Jon is friendly and informative. He guides you when necessary but also leaves you to your own devices so you don't feel like you are being micromanaged. You can forge pretty much whatever knife you want, from a classic kitchen knife to your own custom design (I took a printout with me). There was a huge selection of woods to choose from for the knife handle too.
Overall, a fantastic experience and a great way to spend the day! Highly recommended."
"I had a brilliant day, and it was a full day. Forged a 7.5 inch carving knife and made the teak handle as well. Loved every minute. It was the perfect counter point to a busy life.
I've always been facinated by forge work and there is some family history behind it all as well. It was excellent just chatting and learning about the process and putting my own very basic skill to the test.
The homemade sausage rolls were amazing too. Thank you so much."
"My sons bought me the “Forge a Knife- Blacksmithing and Knifemaking Experience Day” for my birthday. It’s a really brilliant experience day largely due to the skills of Jon not only in blacksmithing but in his skills as a teacher. Not only does he explain what to do and how, if asked, he will also explain the science behind the process he takes you through. I think the best praise I can give is that I was working with Jon for 9 hours and it felt more like 30mins I was so absorbed in what I was doing.
Be warned, there’s currently a 6 month lead time on these experience days as they are understandably so popular. "
"I highly recommend anyone who has an interest in taking up blacksmithing to take this course! Jon is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable. Very much enjoyed my time and will be taking up blacksmithing using all the basic skills Jon has taught me! "
"Best experience day by far...
My son and I spent the day with Jon making a kitchen knife. From a bear metal bar to the completed knife.
Jon's knowledge is second to none, and make the day.
We also took up the food offer, and it's well worth it.
Cannot recommend highly enough."
"What an amazing experience! Highly recommended for everybody!
Jon was amazing at taking me through all the steps involved in forging a kitchen knife. The passion was visible from the start and involved an in-depth chat about why every step is necessary making it very enjoyable and pleasant.
You are not going to regret doing any course with Jon!"
"I spent the day with Jon on his new axe forging experience.
What an absolute pleasure! Jon is very passionate about blacksmithing. He's an excellent teacher. He took me through each step of the process involved in forging my own axe head and carving my own handle.
I've come away with a fantastic day to remember, a unique axe - that will cut ;-) and the feeling that I could actually do lots of the steps involved in replicating this process with the right equipment.
I can't recommend Jon's experience days highly enough. I'll certainly be coming back for another session in the future."
"A brilliant day! Jon is a great teacher and the course was well paced and structured. He explained each stage, demonstrated as required and then coached me through the various stages in the knife making process. Definitely a course I would strongly recommend."
"We had the most amazing day making our wedding rings. Jon was a really great teacher, and it was such a great experience. I was quite apprehensive as I haven't done anything like it before. With Jon's expert guidance the rings are beautiful and we will love them everyday knowing that we forged them together! I would highly recommend it or any of the other courses Jon offers. Thank you"
"We had the best day
Jon is a fantastic tutor and went through all the safety aspects related to the knife-making day to make sure we were working safely at all times throughout all the different stages.
Jon was very good at explaining all the techniques required and he would offer to support or fix whenever we made a little mistake.
The course is very well-paced and does not feel rushed.
We went home very happy and with an amazing pair of knives.
Excellent experience and very much recommended.
"I would highly recommend this experience!
A huge thank you to Jon Kerr, who carried out an enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable induction prior to a day crafting my own custom knife!
A real mans shed day with all the kit!!"
"We had a fantastic time, probably the best experience day we have ever done. Jon was excellent, he's friendly, knowledgeable and a great teacher. We came away with a quality knife each, neither of us expected to make anything near so good. Highly recommend to anyone."
"I was given this experience by my partner for Christmas. I have always wanted to try my hand at Blacksmithing so my expectations were quite high even though I didn't know what to expect from the day. I did the experience with my partner's son & well the day was amazing & far exceeded my expectations. Jon is very knowledgeable & quite happy to leave you to create your blade with very useful information along the way & at no point were you made to feel rushed & at the end of the day you come away with an amazing knife that you have made yourself from a piece of steel at the start. I will never forget my day & the wonderful memories that were created that will live with me for the rest of my life as will the knife. Thank you Jon."
"We were given the knife crafting course for a Christmas present & it was an outstanding day!
Jon is exceptionally talented, knowledgable and patient, I would visit the forge again in the future to craft more and above all would highly recommend to anyone with an itch to create. Thanks again Jon & all the best"
"I attended the course today and found it an absolutely superb experience. Jon is an excellent teacher and his knowledge and enthusiasm makes the day a joyous adventure. I highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to try their hand at blacksmithing. Thanks Jon"
"My partner and I had an absolutely brilliant day with Jon at the forge last weekend. Jon quickly senses how much help you need in each of the many and interesting tasks involved in making a knife, and is happy to stand back while you do everything while always being ready to step in if needed. We left at the end of the day clutching something that we felt *we* made, which is brilliant. Jon is passionate about the craft and an excellent teacher. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious, which is really important as it really is a full day and I could imagine it feeling quite tedious with the wrong person. I thoroughly recommend a day at Kerr Forge - you won’t regret it!"
"The couple's knife making experience at Kerr forge was incredible and we couldn't recommend it enough. Jon was an absolutely fantastic, very knowledgeable teacher and craftsman who guided us through the blacksmithing fundamentals. We got to be very hands on in the making of our knife and were over the moon about the end product. All round an excellent day. Thank you very much Jon we look forward to coming back to Kerr forge to craft some more amazing metalwork!"
"Had a great day with John. I've done a previous blacksmith's day making a candle stick holder and a fire poker elsewhere and this was just as good. Made a fantastic knife and lots of good feedback from my grown-up kids on the results - so it must have been good.
Will have to try and think of something else to make so I can go back again."
"My son and I spent a really enjoyable day at Jon's forge. We both made rather different knifes which we are really happy with but as much as being happy with product we really enjoyed the process. Jon is a really good teacher, friendly and knowledgeable. He is really good at knowing where to offer advice and help which means that it feels as if you have made the knife even though you know you couldn't have done it without it.
"Purchased a knife making day for my sons 18th Birthday. He had an amazing day and the knife he made is awesome!
Very good instruction in a friendly atmosphere.
Just waiting on make an axe day and we will be re booking! 👍😄"
"We spent a fantastic day with Jon today making two pendants, a bangle, a hair pin and a ring.
Jon is very knowledgeable, a great teacher, very patient and makes learning easy and fun.
We would love to return again one day to learn more - in the meantime we have the wonderful pieces we made today to enjoy wearing and showing off to everyone we know!"
"My (now) husband and I made our wedding rings at Kerr Forge! I was initially hesitant, I have never done anything like this before and was unsure if I’d be able to actually do it! However, through Jon’s brilliant teaching and patience, I had the best day! My husband and I love our unique rings and get so many compliments. It’s great being able to say that we made them ourselves, makes them even more special!"