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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

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $315.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, May 6th, 2020
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.

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North House is now requesting full payment at time of registration. Payment plans are available upon request — don't hesitate to contact us at 218-387-9762 if you need to arrange one.

* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, May 6th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.