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Shane Stainton: Making a Hunting Knife
a full-tang, forged knife with riveted handle

Shane, is this picture the sort of knife you'll be making?

Knifemaker and blacksmith Shane Stainton (www.forgedknives.net) makes a variety of historical and modern styles of knives. He comes to us from his smithy in upstate New York.

He describes the class thusly:

This will be a two day class in which we explore the proper making of a knife, its fittings, and the final finish of the work. We will make a clip point hunting knife with a guard and pommel, handled in wood or antler.

Subjects covered will be:
forging the entire knife closely to shape (i.e. the tang, bolster shoulders, and blade)
edge quenching for hamons
finish beveling
decorative file work
making a guard and slotting it for the blade
making a handle
making a pommel
assembling the knife
final fit and finish.

We will also discuss other basic blade profiles and handle styles such as 'slab handled' and 'built handled'.
Day one will be the forging to shape, filing, heat treatment of the blade, and the forging of fittings
Day two will be initial finish work, assembly, fit, and final finish.

Gift Certificates for Shane Stainton: Making a Hunting Knife are available.

Two very full days    dates&times

Instructor: Shane Stainton
The tuition for this class is still to be determined. per student
7 students maximum

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Required: A rapid Covid test that day.
Yes, really, we're still asking for it in 2024.
It's still out there, and no fun at all.

Some blacksmithing experience and decent stamina required. Eat and rest well before the class.

Please wear proper clothing for visiting or working in the forge:
closed toe shoes (preferably leather, preferably high-topped. Sneakers are sufficient, sandals, crocs, pumps, mules... are not), natural fiber clothing, long pants that cover the tops of the shoes.
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Dates and Times:
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