Pair up: Make a small knife


Pair up: Make a small knife


6 - 9 pm

What you’ll take home: A small wooden handled knife.

Course length - 3 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 protective equipment.

Total of attendees - 10 (5 pairs)

Cost per person - £50 (£75 if you’d like to work alone)


This short course is ideal as a team building experience. 

By the end of the 3 hour session, each pair will have crafted 1 small desk knife for each pair. You may get a little hot around the forge, but working in pairs means you’ll be taking turns doing the heavy work, so you’ll be satisfied, but you won’t be too worn out. 

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 round piece of high grade steel, called a billet. 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 820, 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. 

Applying the handle - you’ll be using a high quality epoxy resin to apply a pre made handle. These are made in the workshop prior to you arriving, and use a high quality locally sourced wood such as teak, elm, oak and mahogany. 

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

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