Intermediate Bladesmithing Course 2
£360 for 2 day course
Not advised for beginners
For this course you will ideally have had previous forging experience. The aim in this class is to make a larger knife, such as a chefs knife, dirk or scramseax (viking) style blade. This will be created by fire-welding a sheet of carbon steel in-between other steel or wrought iron. This will then create a 3 layer laminate steel billet.
You will then forge this billet into the shape of your knife, heat treat, grind the blade and then finish it off using a choice of handle material(s).
This will be finished off using a range of techniques and styles, some of which are covered in any of our beginners courses. Forging experience is recommended.
Maximum blade length for this is 10 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.
- 9am Start. Introduction, coffee/tea and a brief overview of the day.
- 9:15 Fire up the forge
- practice piece for 30 minutes
- 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
- Grind & sand blade
- Pierce and size up guard and pommel if required
- 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 £360 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.
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.
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!
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