• March 19, 2023 - March 26, 2023

    Socket Knife

    $420.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener Class Date: March 19th and 26th, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two consecutive Sunday classes.  Students must attend both sessions.

    Sunday March 19, 2023, 9am – 5pm

    Sunday March 26, 2023, 9am – 3pm

    Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    This socket knife was inspired by tribal knives around the world that use the socket construction in utilitarian blades. From billhooks to machetes and spears, this style of joining the metal working end to the wood shaft or handle makes for a very strong and secure fit.

    Students can expect to finish one knife and will be introduced to different variations on the additions to the socket i.e.: wood shafts, cord or rattan wrapping.  We’ll be teaching these variations in future blade clinics.

    This class is suitable for the student who has bladesmithing experience and would like to strengthen their hand-forging skill set. In this class, we’ll cover blade design with an emphasis on forging to dimension along with grinding and sharpening.  We’ll also teach the basics of heat treatment at the forge and how to achieve a rudimentary annealing, normalization, quench, and temper to produce a usable working blade.

    With these skills, you’ll be able to heat treat your blades and tools in your home forge, if you’re lucky enough to have one!  And once you’ve mastered the socket handle, you’ll be able to use it in countless other applications from garden tools to sculpture or furniture.

    Prerequisites: Discovery Letter Opener plus at least one additional blade class.  Stamina and moderate strength will be required.

    Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • March 16, 2023 - March 30, 2023

    Railroad Spike Knife

    $375.00
    Prerequisite: Discovery Letter Opener Class Date: March 16th and 30th, 2023 Time: 6 PM - 10 PM Location: Adam's Forge Please note: This class takes place over two separate classes.  Students must attend both sessions. Come learn how to make a simple knife from a railroad spike! This is a fantastic class for those interested in blade making but not sure where to start.  For this class each student will be forging a completed blade from a railroad spike, heat treating it, sharpening it, and finishing it from beginning to end. Come join us! All students must have taken Discovery Letter Opener with us before signing up for this class. We'll be moving some serious metal, so be ready! This class is scheduled as two consecutive sessions starting at 9 am. Students must attend both sessions. Each session will run approximately 4 hours. Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date:April 12, 2022 Time: 1 PM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener. Note: This class is a prerequisite to all blade classes.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: November 30, 2022 Time: 11 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: July 9, 2022 Time: 4 PM - 8 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: February 11, 2022 Time: 5 PM - 9:30 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener. This class will run from 5:00pm - 9:30 pm with a half-hour meal break.  
  • December 28, 2022

    Private Letter Opener Discovery Class

    $1,500.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 28, 2022 Time: 3 PM - 7 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. This class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • December 19, 2022

    Private Discovery Letter Opener Class

    $1,800.00
    Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 19, 2022 Time: 1 PM - 5 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.    
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: December 8, 2022 Time: 12 PM - 4 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Bottle Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. This class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the handle, you'll learn about shaping a square rod into an octagon, or if you prefer, a round, tapered bar.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your bottle opener.      
  • February 25, 2023

    Paring Knife

    $190.00
    Date: February 25, 2023 Time: 9 AM - 3 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Kent Lulewich Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    Join us to create a paring knife to use in the kitchen or take on your next picnic.   This is a high carbon steel knife made from O1 steel.

    We start by creating the handle section that you can size to fit your hand perfectly. Then the blade is forged and heat-treated. Lastly, we will grind it to the level of sharpness you desire.

    The handle will be cord wrapped for both comfort and durability. We will discuss other handle options you can try on your own.

    While we will not have time in this class to make a sheath, we will show you examples so you can do this on your own.

    You will leave with a complete knife, ready to use.

    Tools: Students do not need to bring tools; we have everything that you will need. However, if you happen to have the following, please bring them so that you have the opportunity to use your own!

    Coarse files (i.e. 12 inch Heavy Duty Set from Harbor Freight)

    Tongs for ¼” x ¾” stock

    Class runs from 9am - 3pm with a one hour meal break. Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!
  • Prerequisite: None. This is an introductory class Date: August 31, 2022 Time: 10 AM - 2 PM Location: Adam's Forge The Letter Opener is an introductory class as well as a great next step for students that have taken our Discovery class and want to continue to develop their blacksmithing skills. The Letter Opener class teaches techniques that are useful in a wide range of blacksmithing projects.  You'll learn how to work with slightly larger stock, and be introduced to the proper choice and use of tongs to hold the hot steel. You'll use the vise and a twisting wrench for the handle, and practice tapering and turning scrolls as well.  In forging the blade, you'll learn about full-face and half-face hammer blows.  Finally, you can apply a hot wax finish to protect your letter opener.  
  • March 05, 2023

    Kiridashi

    $200.00
    Date: March 5, 2023 Time: 2 PM - 9 PM Location: Adam's Forge Instructor: Dossain Valencia

    The Kiridashi is the original Japanese utility knife that has historically been used by Samurai and peasants alike.  It’s both light and strong, suitable for a variety of uses.  If you’ve taken the Letter Opener Discovery class, this is a perfect follow up project to build your bladesmithing skills.

    Here, you’ll practice precision forging, learn some of the important considerations in blade design and have a chance to try different texturing methods.  This blade is made from tool steel, so you’ll be heat treating, grinding, polishing and hand sharpening as well.

    Prerequisite: Letter Opener Discovery Class

    This class runs from 2:00pm – 9:00pm with an hour meal break.

    Please note: All classes are released for member-only early registration for one week before they're available for general registration.  If you're unable to add this class to your cart, you can wait for general release or join our membership program at any time!

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