Date: December 19, 2021

 Time:  9 AM – 5 PM

Location: Adam’s Forge

This is a project class that will satisfy both those who want to make their own tools as well as those who want to make knives.  This knife is based on the traditional Wharncliffe blade and is suitable for whittling and carving wood.

Using 3/8 inch round 01 tool steel, Adam’s Forge instructor Leif Bennett will demonstrate how to forge the blade and the stick tang.  You’ll learn how to file, safely grind and heat treat the steel.  Then, while the blades are in the tempering oven, you’ll shape the handle from a single piece of hardwood.  Leif will demonstrate shaping with rasps and files and students will also have the option of using belt grinders.  The handles will be finished with hand sanding and an oil finish.  The class finishes up with making a square hole in the handle to take the tang and fixing the blade in place with two-part epoxy.

As this is a small blade, it’s a great class for the aspiring bladesmith who’s made a few knives and wants to practice those skills.

Skills practiced include:

Forging a taper to shape the blade

Isolating material using the edge of the anvil to create the tang

Precise forging to dimension

Gauging steel temperatures through close monitoring of the forge

Heat treating high carbon steel

Filing, grinding & sanding

Drilling and burning a hole in wood

Using epoxy


Prerequisite: The Discovery or Letter Opener class plus the Iron Age Knife class or similar experience.  This class is most appropriate for students who’ve had experience making knives and can forge to dimension.

This class runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with an hour meal break.