Introduction to Knife-making

Instructed by internationally-renowned knife-maker Keith Fludder

Introduction to Knife-making

Instructed by internationally-renowned knife-maker Keith Fludder, this intensive weekend course is an opportunity to enter the world of knife-making by crafting your own high-carbon steel kitchen knife under the guidance of a master.

Over the course of one weekend you will use stock-removal techniques to craft the carbon steel blade. The course begins with an introduction to the process of knife-making and will look at knife-ergonomics, design and profiling. Students will design their knife and begin work on shaping the blade by rough forging and then using the linishing machines to create the profile the steel and grind the primary bevels. Students will finish off by heat-treating the blade to harden the steel.

Sunday continues with linishing and a final polish, before moving on to shaping and fitting the knife handle then finishing off with a final sharpen.

This intensive course has a small class size of only 4 people to allow for personalised supervision and is open to students of all experience levels.

Students will make
  • A handmade kitchen knife to treasure
Students will learn
  • Design and profiling, including blade geometry

  • Rough forging your blade shape

  • Heat treatment

  • Stock removal with a linisher to create the blade bevels

  • How to handle materials

  • Fastening techniques

  • Knife sharpening

What’s included
  • All materials. If you wish to bring your own handle material you may – its suitability will be assessed by the tutor running the class.

  • Morning and afternoon tea. If you have any special dietary requirements please bring something that meets your needs.  

  • All safety gear including leather blacksmith aprons, eye, ear and hand protection (but feel free to bring your own if you prefer)

Appropriate for beginners

This course is open to students of all skill levels and does not require any prior experience. Ages 15 and up.

What to wear

Clothing appropriate for a workshop – long pants and sleeves (preferably natural fibre), solid shoes/boots.

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