This class is just what the title suggests- making a knife that is meant to be used- in the garden or forest, for cooking or hunting. We will begin by hand-forging a blade of high-carbon steel, starting from round stock. With the blade forged to shape, we will do heat treatments of annealing, hardening, and tempering to get a knife that is able to hold an edge while being "tough" enough to withstand use. Students will then either forge guards, or cast bolster and pommel fittings. All finishing and sharpening will be done with files, sandpaper, and stones. We'll work with antler, wood, or bone for handling our custom, hand-made knives, ready to be used. Students are encouraged to bring their own special handle material, though the instructor will have plenty available. This class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths.
Wed, Jun 20th, 2018 – Fri, Jun 22nd, 2018
Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, May 9th, 2018
Includes materials fee of $60.00
You will need the following tools for this class:
non-synthetic material clothing
note taking materials
handle material, i.e. antler, bone, or wood
8″ half round file, medium to fine cut
6″ flat file, medium to fine cut
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
This course is full.
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