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Nothing but Knives

In this class the student will start by learning the basic moves of knife-making on a piece of mild steel, ending up with a letter-opener if all goes well, and then move on to a piece of high-carbon spring steel and make a small, simple, one piece knife, suitable for cooking, eating, or general use.

Focus will be entirely on making a knife; only those tools, techniques and concepts needed for knife making will be addressed. The fires will be managed by the instructor.

Techniques include: straightening, drawing out, forging high-carbon steel, twisting, flattening, annealing, filing, grinding, hardening, and tempering.

9 hours in three 3 hour meetings    dates&times

Smithing experience is not *absolutely* required for this class but if you have not struck hot iron before we strongly recommend taking "A Taste of Blacksmithing" or "Forged Bottle Opener" first. Doing so will help keep the knife class on schedule and really, the more hammer-time you have, the more likely you'll make something like a knife.

Instructor: Carl West
Class size is limited to 4 students (one per forge).

Gift Certificates for Nothing but Knives are available.

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:


December 15, 22, 29 (2017)
Fridays 7:00pm - 10:00pm


December 16, 23, 30 (2017)
Saturdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm ***Afternoon***


December 16, 23, 30 (2017)
Saturdays 2:00pm - 5:00pm ***Afternoon***

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

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