Forging a Chef's Knife

£380 2 day course

For centuries kitchen knives have been hand forged in smithies around the world, and in Britain we have always had a strong tradition of steel work and blade making. We would like this tradition to continue – so this course looks at western style chef’s knives, how they are forged and how handles are fitted. a great combination of blacksmithing and woodwork.

Upcoming Dates

13 Jul

Saturday 9am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 4pm

Spend the weekend forging your own chef’s knife, then take it home and start cooking.

DAY 1 – Forging high carbon steels (EN42j) to make your knife blank. Start heat treating cycles ready for hardening and grinding.

DAY 2 – The morning will be spent blade profiling, heat treating and grinding. this is followed by handle fitting and final sharpening.

You will go home with a beautiful, fully personalised chef’s knife that is ready to use.

Some previous experience is recommended for this course.

The course is fully catered (lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday) by a local cook, providing exceptionally tasty meals from locally sourced produce. There is also free camping in the orchard adjacent to the forge and space for campers or caravans.

Please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements or medical conditions.

further information

  • Courses are run at The Forge, South Harp Farm Yard, Over Stratton, Somerset TA13 5LB
  • Please arrive at 8.45am. Plenty of parking available.
  • Lunch is provided (as well as tea, coffee) - so you just need to arrive and we provide the rest.
  • There is also free camping in the orchard adjacent to the forge and space for campers or caravans.
  • Please wear good work clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Steel toecaps not essential.
  • All equipment and safety gear will be provided. If you have a favourite hammer bring it along.
  • No previous experience is needed for this course.
  • Please advise if you have any specific dietary requirements or medical conditions.

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