Make A Fully Usable Knife

I cannot recommend this course highly enough to anyone who is looking to try something different or is interested in smithing or knives.

A really relaxed environment and incredibly hands on from the start. Graham was a great tutor… demonstrated (on his own piece, not yours), then perfectly guided our small group. Never interfering or taking over, always encouraging and only getting involved if things were going wrong. Once corrected it was straight back to you again.

Everything was there – small group (so lots of attention), plenty of tools (so never waiting) and no pressure (so you could work at your own pace)… even the lunch was great!. I’ve never done anything like this before, but was totally delighted (and proud) with the knife I walked away with. For the cost, quality of the course and my final knife this is by a distance the best craft course I have done – thank you Graham

Kerry Partridge – March 2018

Only £165 – including lunch and refreshments

The course is open to all. Children between the ages of 13 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult helper. They will work together as a pair (at the cost for 1 person) to make 1 knife. Unfortunately experience has shown us that children younger than 10 will not have the strength to forge or the size to work safely on our grinders.

Knife Expert Graham Clarke will guide you in a small group where you can work at your own pace.

Feel the pride of walking away with a knife you have made yourself!

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Steps to making a fully usable knife

You will:

  • Shape your blade from a rectangular block of steel using a gas forge, hammer and anvil. Graham will explain and demonstrate each step of the process and will then guide you to do the same.
  • Normalise your blade in the gas forge to restore the metal properties lost during the forging process
  • Grind your blade to near finished shape on both vertical and horizontal belt grinders
  • Heat treat – harden – your blade by quenching it red hot into oil (but without the fiery theatricals often seen on television!!!)
  • Finish grind and sharpen your blade until it will slice paper edgewise
  • Completed knife will have an “as forged” handle


September – October 2019

Saturday 14th September – Full
Sunday 15th September – Full
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Saturday 28th September – Full
Saturday 5th October – Only 1 place available
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Saturday 26th October – Only 3 places available
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November – December 2019

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