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Learning to Make a Chef's Knife
A serious cook making a serious cooking knife

This class is particularly for professional cooks who'd like to develop the skills necessary to make their own knives.

We'll be starting with no blacksmithing skills, and aiming the practice toward the skills needed to produce a reasonable-length cooking knife with a full-tang, pinned wooden slab handle.

In the first few meetings, we'll work on basic skills; fire lighting and tending, swinging the hammer effectively, and developing a sense of how the metal flows under the hammer.

When it comes to the making of the knife, we'll be upcycling readily available high-carbon steel, cutting out the rough shape with an abrasive saw, forging the tapers for the point and the edge, filing and grinding the blade, drilling the tang and slabs, hardening, differential-tempering, assembling and gluing-up the handle, shaping the handle, and sharpening.

Gift Certificates for Learning to Make a Chef's Knife are available.

6 three-hour meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Tuition: $590
Maximum 4 students, one per forge

Prerequisite:
The student must be a professional cook.
Please mention where you cook in the comment field when you register.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge: closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient.), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes. Click here for more safety information.


Dates and Times:
If none of the dates below work for you (or are already full), we suggest you
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(The notification list gets emailed soon after classes are put on the schedule.)

Mondays, February 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
1:00pm - 4:00pm ***Afternoon***
(2020)

To begin the registration process with PHF,

If you have a PHF Gift Certificate: this would be a good class to choose.

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