Custom/dagger/dirk forging


£320 for 2 day course

May not be suitable for beginners – design dependant

This course offers you the opportunity to deviate from the usual sgian dubh or culinary knife making courses and both design and make something a little different.  Ideally this should be a design of your own that we can then plan a course around how to help you create it.  Time may be required to order in specific materials.  Additional costs may apply for special requests.

Unless otherwise specified at the time of booking, the default blade creation for this lesson will be a medieval style dagger. This will be a 4 part construction consisting of the blade, guard, grip and pommel.

If you have your own design or even just a vague idea of what you want to make then we will be very happy to help you make that into a reality.

Maximum blade length for this is 9 inches.

This will take you through each stage of making your own custom knife.  From forging the blade, hardening, tempering, sanding and polishing until finally you will add a handle to it, completing your blade.


Day 1

  • 9am Start.  Introduction, coffee/tea and a brief overview of the day.
  • 9:15 Fire up the forge
  • practice piece for 30 minutes
  • break
  • main blade start
  • Lunch – 30min-1 hour
  • forging the guard and pommel
  • 5pm Heat Treatment (hardening & tempering)
  • Close 5:30pm

There is extra time if required during certain steps

Day 2

  • Grind & sand blade
  • Pierce and size up guard/pommel
  • choose wood for blade
  • mark, measure and cut
  • shape the grip
  • final assembly
  • sand and oil
  • 5pm Close


I can only offer lessons for 1 student at any one time.

1x person £320 valid from all 2020 lesson dates

Price includes all PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes as standard – eye protection (safety goggles and/or visor), gloves, dust mask, apron and ear defenders.

The price includes snacks and refreshments – bottled water (still/sparkling), tea and coffee which are available throughout the day. Lunch will not be provided.

Gift certificates for part or the full cost of the course are available.

18+ only

Disclaimer – We cannot and will not allow the making of any bladed or non-bladed articles that are on the UK Banned Knives list in our workshop or advise you how they could or can be made.

What to bring

We ask that you wear old clothing that is not flammable and that you don’t mind getting dirty.  No fleeces should be worn in the workshop nor jogging bottoms or clothing made from a similar material.  Footwear will ideally be steel toecap boots, leather boots or robust footwear. No sandals or open-toed shoes will be allowed in the working area as no alternative can be offered and you would run the risk of serious injury.  Trousers should cover any top opening of the footwear to avoid any hot steel or shrapnel falling into your shoes and causing injury.

There are shops and cafes in the immediate area that serve good food at reasonable prices, as well as a small corner shop and a small Sainsbury’s store.

Social Media

We would of course like to promote images and videos of the courses in action. If you are not comfortable with this or have any concerns then we will of course be happy to address any questions you have, or omit you from the media on your chosen course dates. We want you to be safe and comfortable whilst having fun on the course!

Any images taken on the course will be used for the purposes of a teaching portfolio on my website and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) unless otherwise specified.

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