open date Voucher - An introduction to Bladesmithing

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open date Voucher - An introduction to Bladesmithing

150.00

***An open date voucher for a place on the course “An introduction to Bladesmithing'“

Once booked you secure a place on one of the available dates on the website. Please make sure that the recipient of the voucher confirms on a date as soon as possible

Valid for one year from purchase***

What you’ll take home: A metal handled bushcraft or paring knife

Course length - 1 day (8 hours)

Experience requirement - none

Equipment needed - Natural legwear (jeans are perfect, no Nylon fabrics etc.) and strong leather shoes. I will be providing all the proactive equipment.

Total number of attendees - 4

Cost per person - £150

This course is perfect for those with little or no metal work experience to get hands on and produce a hand crafted paring or a bushcraft knife to take home. It’s a fun day, and at times strenuous course, which will leave you satisfied, if a little worn out.  

By the end of this course You’ll understand the key pieces of the process of making a knife, see each of the processes in action, and get experience creating your blade. 

We’ll start each session with a rectangular piece of high grade steel. We’ll then go through an explanation of each stage of creating a knife:

Handle and blade forging - you’ll be heating up the billet, and using the power hammer and traditional hammer and anvil method to create the right thickness, to transform the billet to a functional knife shape  

Heat-treating stage 

Normalising cycles - this softens the blade a little, and makes it more responsive to the hardening treatment we’ll go through. You’ll get to use the forge again for this. 

Hardening cycle - we’ll heat the blade up to over 820c, then quench it into hot oil. This is incredibly fun to do, and usually includes a little fire. The process makes the steel incredibly hard but very brittle.  

Tempering - this process reduces the toughness of the steel, but increases its strength to be able to take and hold an edge for as long as you use your knife respectfully.

Grinding the bevels - this is a crucial part of the process, and takes years to master. I will be carrying out this stage for the best possible final edge performance. I’ll be using the belt grinder to create the initial edge before sharpening. I’ll still give you an explanation and you’ll be able to watch.

Stropping -  we use a piece of soft leather, the kind you might imagine is used at an old fashioned barber shop, to take the blade to a razor sharpness level. You will also be given a piece to take home so you can maintain that amazing sharpness.     

As the day comes to an end, we’ll talk about how you can look after your knife through sharpening, cleaning and honing it. 

A hearty Vegan lunch and drinks will be provided on the day.

*if you would like a gift card sent through please let me know via email.

*if you are a group of three people and would like to book a course out of the designated dates, please do get in contact with me.

*As with blacksmithing, bladesmithing is not an easy craft, we do take every precaution to avoid accidents but expect the odd blister or scratch. Because of this, the workshop is suitable for 18+ or 16+ with an adult.

*Please note we cannot give any refunds within five weeks of the course date.

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