Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 4 PM – 10 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

This beautiful blade evokes notions of honor, chivalry and swashbuckling adventure.  It’s also exciting and fun to forge.  And depending on your skill level, it may also develop magical qualities.

In this class Adam’s Forge newest Instructor Dossain Valencia adapted a design of Frank Trousil’s that was itself an adaptation of the famous Christoph Friedrich split cross.  The legend goes that while in an ancient smithy in England, Friedrich unearthed a cross that had a very unusual diamond shaped opening in its center.  Through observation and experimentation, he unlocked the mystery of how it was made.  In doing so, he resurrected a technique that had been lost for centuries and shared it with blacksmiths all over the world.

Techniques practiced on this project include opening the split stock, drawing tapers, shaping the blade with half-faced hammer blows, using convenience bends, scrolling and filing or grinding to a finished edge.

This class is suitable for the advancing smith who has developed some stamina and hammer control, as there will be a fair amount of drawing out of the stock.  While it is not required, we have found that students who have taken several project classes or workshops with us and/or spent time in Open Forge before starting this project are more successful and get more out of the class.

A version of this blade was featured in the September/October 2021 issue of the California Blacksmith Association magazine.

Prerequisite: Discovery or Letter Opener class

The class runs from 4pm to 10pm with a break for dinner.