Forging Blacksmiths Knives

£350 2 day course

Traditional blacksmiths knives are some of the simplest tools that have been made by smiths for hundreds of years. They are a single piece of high carbon steel that do not have to have wooden handles fitted. This is the perfect place to start for anyone interested in knife making.

Upcoming Dates

9 Mar
18 May

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

Over the course of the weekend students will learn how to forge a variety of blades using different carbon steels.

DAY 1 – Forging high carbon steels (EN9 and EN42J) to make foraging and small skinning knives.

DAY 2 – Further forging practice. All pieces will then be hardened, tempered and ground to a sharp edge.

Please note – we do not fit wooden handles on this course.

No previous experience is needed 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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