Date: November 6, 20 & 27 2022

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

Please note: This class takes place over three separate Sunday classes.

Session 1: 11-6-22 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Session 2: 11-20-22 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Session 3: 11-27-22 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Students must attend all sessions.

In this class, you’ll build on the skills you developed in previous blade classes and learn to forge and finish a full tang utility knife.  Starting with 1084 tool steel, on day 1, we’ll cover blade design, forging techniques, heat treatment and grinding.  Our emphasis will be on precise forging with close attention to temperatures, thus ensuring the integrity of the steel and minimizing the amount of grinding needed.  After forging, we’ll rough-grind the blades and anneal them overnight.

On day 2, we’ll drill the tangs, cut and rough out the hardwood scales for the handles, cut the pins that will secure the handles to the tang and do the finish blade grinding before putting them back in the oven for the hardening and tempering cycle.

On day 3, we’ll focus on shaping the scales and the final fit-up with glue and pins.  We’ll finish the day with sanding and a discussion of sealing options.

Successful students can expect to complete one 3 to 4 inch knife.

Prerequisites: The Letter Opener Discovery and the Blacksmith’s Knife or equivalent.  Exceptions are subject to administrative approval.

Successful completion of this class is required to advance to the Bladesmithing II Program.

Fee: $475