Basic Bladesmithing

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This class focuses on hammer control, an overview of heat treatment, and basic grinding and sanding of blades. There is great precision involved in making a good knife, and you will do better in this class if you already have some hammer control, and a little practice under your belt. This said, being a complete newbie won’t stop you from understanding the class material, or creating a functional knife. But it’s harder for a beginner with no experience to forge a blade that is smooth enough not to require extensive grinding to finish. If you can routinely drive a nail without making hammer marks in the wood you drive the nail into, you should be fine in this class.

The class includes an introduction to hammer control (for those without prior experience) and a practice piece to gain understanding of the process. We’ll then continue with blade steel, and get an introduction to heat treatment. You’ll leave class with a hardened blade. Because of the length of time involved in tempering a knife after hardening, that will be your ‘homework’, as will be the final polishing and sharpening. You’ll leave class with a clear understanding of the process of forging and finishing a blade.

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Private classes are available by appointment.

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (or till we’re done) with an hour lunch break.
Maximum N. Students per Class: 2
Level: Beginner
Price: $200 per student


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