Bladesmith Experience Weekend

BLADESMITHING & FORGING WEEKEND

Make A Fully Usable Knife With Handle And Leather Sheath

Good pace, well explained, patient teacher, just the right number of students – and the food was delicious!

Ollie, 27 January, 2018

You get great info and you take a knife home.  You can’t beat learning from experienced people

Simon, December 2017

I liked the fact that I made the whole project from scratch without Graham taking over and letting me do it

KC, 28 April 2018

Really well organised, amazingly supportive with such a variety of abilities in the class;  helped me when I was struggling, in a lovely way that I still understood the process and felt ownership of the finished piece.  Thank you!

Kathy, 28 April 2018

Small group meant personal attention, very knowledgeable, helpful and encouraging throughout

Jamie, 17 February, 2018

Personal touch.  Relaxed approach without confronting.  Quality/Safety

Chris, 23 March 2018

Only £365 for the Full Weekend including lunches and refreshments

The course is open to all over the minimum age of 13. Children between the ages of 13 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Note, children aged 10-12 yrs may undertake our 1 Day Experience with an adult helper.

Knife & Bladesmith experts Graham, David & Decklan 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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Course Availability

Please go to our new website at www.vlakvarkforge.com where you can see course availability and book online.

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. We 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
  • On day 2 you will fit a wooden handle to your knife and make a hand sewn leather sheath.