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Blacksmith’s Friction Folding Knife

Course Overview

This course will introduce students to the methods and techniques involved in hand crafting an all-metal friction folding knife, a project suitable for beginners to experienced smiths that want to learn more about knife making. Students will learn to forge, grind, heat-treat, and polish a carbon steel blade using coal or propane forges. We will also forge and shape a steel handle for the knife, assemble the pieces, and sharpen the finished blade. Students will use hand tools such as tongs, hammers, files, and sharpening stones, but should expect to use power tools such as grinders for cutting and shaping parts of the blade and handle material.


Thu, Aug 6th, 2020  –  Sun, Aug 9th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 4 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $545.00
Includes materials fee of $165.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • leather gloves
  • jeans
  • cotton shirts (no nylon clothing)
  • leather shoes
  • clothing comfortable for outdoors and indoors

Optional Tools

  • safety glasses
  • ear protection
  • your favorite blacksmithing hammer (non claw types - 1-3lb hammer)
  • good file for steel
  • tongs or over-sized pliers
  • steel punch
  • steel chisels
  • vice grips
  • channel locks
  • ball-peen hammer(s) and/or heads to be modified into a suitable blacksmithing hammer
  • any hammer heads that you'd like to use (non-claw)
  • camera
  • 4.5" grinder

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.