• Blade smithing at our forge
  • A line of hand made blades
  • Blade smithing in progress
  • Two hand made blades
  • A participant at the Calnan & Anhoj forge

Blade Smithing Course

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Course summary: Blade smithing / forging of one layer knife blades for beginners. If you would like to make a good knife blade of your own design, spend a day blacksmithing and get an insight into practical heat treatments, this is the course for you.

Blacksmithing techniques: drawing out (tapering), spreading, scrolling, sets, bevels, forging of carbon steels, heat treatments (handle-making not included)

Time: 9.00am-6pm

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Availability: The January – September 2019 courses are now fully booked so sorry! The autumn schedule will be available April 2019. We run between 2 & 4 courses a month all year round, so if you wish to get your name on the cancellations list (for earlier courses other than those mentioned below) please click here

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This is a one-day course in practical hands-on blade smithing, specifically for the forging of knife blades for beginners. Arrival is at 9am, where Gunvor the tutor will introduce the forge. The participant’s individual work spaces as well as health & safety is covered. The correct use of the coke hearths involves how to maintain the fire. How to achieve the correct heat in the right place. The minimum and maximum heat ranges and their corresponding colors. To give you some insight into the working day of a full-time blacksmith Gunvor will usually fill you in as to what’s currently on at the forge. If you are interested in full-time education in the craft, you will get a chance to ask the tutor about this.

Blade Smithing

After this introduction the blade smithing project quickly gets on the go. Its time to sketch your desired blade-type onto ‘blacksmiths paper’ (a rusty sheet). You will use this as a reference for the day. Next you will get a piece of carbon steel bar to fit your chosen blade. Your own hammer and anvil – and away you go – it’s time to get blade smithing! The hot forging part of the blade will continue to lunch time at 1pm. Certain types of blades will need more time to finish, this could take until 3-4pm.

Heat Treatments

After this its time to grind, file and sand. Once complete the heat treatments will take place. We will use the coke-hearth for this three step process. Its the same way a blacksmith would do the day to day hardening of tools without the use of gadgets – its back to basics! After the hardening is complete, it will be time to sharpen your blade. Handle making must be done at home, so that’s another days work…

Any Questions?

Please go to our Q & A

More Anvil time?

If you would like more time at the anvil – perhaps consider signing up for our blacksmithing taster course instead.

Want more theory?

If you are thinking of going into blade-smithing on a professional level and for a more in depth program of the theory of heat treatments – UK blade-smith Owen Bush’s courses come highly recommended: www.owenbush.co.uk

6 reviews for Blade Smithing Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Yoder (verified owner)

    I have always wanted to make a knife in a forge. So decided to try this. Gunvor made this A perfect experience for me. From the coal forge ( yes Gunvor I know it’s not coal but can’t remember the right name haha) to the polishing she took us through step by step. Allowing us to do whatever we wanted with the knife. I cannot Express how much I would recommend this class if you have ever thought about getting in front of a forge. Thank you both for an amazing day out!!

  2. admin

    Thanks very much John, much appreciated! The fuel we use is coke 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Seán O’Halloran (verified owner)

    This I have to say was one of the most inspiring and enjoyable days out I’ve had in a long time. From the get go, Gunvor was extremely welcoming and patient, answering every question with incredible knowledge and making it so easily accessible for a beginner. At the beginning you’re given a wonderful introduction and then truly thrown into the work; a hammer, an anvil and a piece of steel. you get freedom to work the way you think will work, while Gunvor is ever present to answer any questions, and give you pointers if you ever feel lost as to what to do next. well worth every moment and don’t blame her if you feel the urge to build your own forge at home!!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott macbride (verified owner)

    I must say I had a blast at the blade smithing course, so much so i’m going to try and go again as soon as a space opens up. It was a real hands on day and I loved it. Gunvor was fantastic and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her in the forge. I can’t wait to get back to their forge and try some of their other classes. I would highly RECOMMENDED the blade smithing course to anyone. Thanks Gunvor for a great day.

  5. admin

    Thanks a mill Scott! 😀

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Glenny

    Gunvor – Thanks for such a great day on Saturday last. You were immensely patient, it was interesting to take a flat steel profile and bend it, twist it, shape it and hammer it under heat. I think that all six of us were delighted with the blades that we made. For anyone interested in learning a new skill I highly recommend the bladesmithing course.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gavin Dooley

    Amazing day out! I was surprised with how much freedom we were given. The time taken to explain things and get on with it was excellent!

    Gunvor made excellent use of simple playdo to explain how the metal moved and really gave a good insight into why things work as they do.


  8. admin

    Thank you Gavin! Welcome back any time! 🙂

  9. admin

    Thanks very much John!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott macbride (verified owner)

    I know this is my second review so I’ll keep it short. I just took the blade-smithing course for the second time and I must say it was as awesome as it was the first time – it was actually even better!

    Thanks Gunvor for another great day.

  11. admin

    Cheers Scott, keep up the good work! 🙂

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