This day course will introduce you to the basics of blacksmithing and hand forge work with Jacek Robótka of Jorgen Craft. This is one day class concentrating on the particular techniques of forging a small kitchen knife. The blade shape will be based on Viking era knife find from Birka, grave Bj 903.
Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging. We will forge the blade and then tang, we then work the edge down to a thin section and forge the blade bevel. You will then heat treat your blades in 3 processes (normalising, hardening and tempering). You will then clean up the blades on a grinder so that they are ready for you fit to a pre made handle and then finally sharpen and strop to a razor’s edge.
No prior experience is needed and the class will guide you through:
- Forge safety
- Using a gas forge hammer and anvil
- Forging the blade to shape
- Forging the blade bevel
- Forging the tang
- Heat treating, normalising hardening and tempering
- Burning on the handle
- Blade finishing, sharpening, stropping and edge testing
The course is open to all aged 18+ who can swing a hammer...(or younger accompanied by a parent), please get in touch with any specific requirements.
At the end of the day you will go home with a fully finished and sharp knife that you have made yourself suitable for a lifetime of use in your kitchen.
This is a perfect introduction to the craft of the Bladesmith. Forging a forge finished small kitchen knife.
Short video presenting final product of the course
The course day runs from 9am - 5pm.
Safety equipment is provided for all the classes but please ensure that you have non-flamable clothing and sturdy shoes (preferably leather). No shell suits, fleeces or synthetic flammable materials (cotton and wool are perfect).
Electronic gift certificates available on request.