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Whittle Tang Knife
An Historic Style

The whittle tang is a fairly quick, easy, and medieval way to hold a handle onto a knife.

We'll be making a practical*, small-bladed utility/eating knife, starting with a piece of automotive coil spring.

In the first meeting we'll forge the tang then the blade, hot-file to shape and heat treat the blade in the style we use in our Nothing but Knives class. In the second meeting we will install and finish the handle.

If time allows, we will discuss sheath options.

If you have wood (or antler, or bone) that you want to use as the handle, bringing it to the first meeting would be helpful.

*Please check any fantasies about making a "... THIS is a Knoife!" at the door.

Gift Certificates for Whittle Tang Knife are available.

6 hours in two meetings    dates&times

Instructor: Carl West
Fee: $210 per student
Class size is limited to 4 students (one per forge).


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.

Students shall have taken Nothing but Knives or Simple Knives.
Rudiments I is highly recommended. The more fire- and hammer-practice you have, the better your chance of making a knife you will be pleased to show off.

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.
Click here for more safety information.

Dates and Times:
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