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Hand-Forged 'Using' Knife

Course Overview

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, handmade 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 17th, 2020  –  Fri, Jun 19th, 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: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $345.00
Includes materials fee of $60.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • ear protection
  • eye protection
  • non-synthetic material clothing
  • leather gloves
  • 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

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

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.