Forging Small Viking Age Knives
Ten centuries may have passed since the Viking Age, but the components of knife-making remain the same: fire, steel, skilled knowledge and effort, and the usefulness of a small pocket knife. This class will utilize traditional hand-forging techniques to produce small Viking Age knife blades typical of those found in the archeological record from 9th century Sweden. Over the course of the class, students will hand-forge high carbon steel into fully functional knife blades. Students will learn about handle materials typical to the Viking Age and will attach a wooden knife handle using cutlers resin. Students will then have the opportunity to complete a leather sheath as time allows. A rich archeological record of original knife finds exists from the Viking Age and we will study this period of time to guide the design and forging of our own blades. It is hoped that discussions of everyday life and work practices during this time will provide a deeper understanding of the importance of small tools such as knives to those who lived in Scandinavia during the 8th to 10th centuries.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Students are required to wear eye and ear protection. The school provides these but you may wish to bring your own to ensure the best fit and comfort.
- Clothing of natural fibers, closed toed sturdy shoes, leather gloves, shop apron
- Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- Favorite hammer and knife tongs
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.