Blacksmith Knife


One day introduction to blade smithing

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Blacksmith’s knife class.

This course is an excellent one day introduction to the basics of blade smithing. From a single piece of high carbon steel, you will forge a small knife with integral handle.

This class is an introduction to blade making with the focus on forging techniques and processes. We cover simple forging techniques that will allow you to shape the blade with hammer and anvil, anticipating material movement during the forging process, and then forge out and shape the handle. You will then hand file the blade before we dip into some metallurgy and heat treat the knife, giving you an edge that will stay sharp. The final result should be a small knife that will last you a lifetime!

Open to all, this class has been designed with the novice in mind and is the perfect class to take before signing up for one of our two day blade making workshops with Ryan.

Located just outside of Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island’s west coast, the forge is a fully equipped working blacksmiths shop. Jake brings 25 years of forging experience as a leading architectural and sculptural blacksmith, with work around the world. Learn to forge under his careful tutelage.

General Class Information

Classes run 9.30- 4.30

PPE provided, please wear non-synthetic clothing, long pants, and sturdy footwear.

It is recommended you have attended at least one of our introductory classes before taking the intermediate courses.

Coffee and tea are served at the forge, bring a lunch or order a local pizza in.

Metchosin is well served with a coffee shop, restaurant and pizzeria for extra refreshments or to enjoy dinner after a hard day of forging!

Group bookings are encouraged, so if you have a group of friends or a work event we are happy to arrange dates to accommodate your party.

Group bookings will receive a 10% discount.

Sadly we are not insured to teach minors.


Private classes

These one-on-one teaching opportunities are ideal for the serious enthusiast who is looking to move their forging skills up to the next level. Jake has almost a quarter century of forging experience, so whether you are looking to improve hand or power hammer skills, this opportunity offers an invaluable chance to learn from a master of his craft.

Jake is also willing to travel to teach, and has led a large number of workshops, demonstrations and group forging projects around the world.

Please enquire for details.