This course introduces students to knife making through an immersive experience of making a custom knife. It is designed for beginners who want to get a hands-on introduction to metal working and knife making, and take home a beautiful product.
The course is divided into two sessions:
The first session focuses on knife design and initial steel forming and preparation. Students design their knife or use an available template, select materials, shape a piece of metal stock into a knife blank, file a bezel to establish the knife edge, drill holes to prepare the blank for a handle, and harden the blade through heat-treating.
The second session focuses on refining and finishing the knife. Students shape wood scales into the handle, mount the handle to the knife, polish the blade, and complete the project by sharpening and honing the edge.
Students can choose from a range of different knife styles: a chef’s knife, a hunting knife, a tactical knife, or a completely custom form factor with a blade up to 10″ long. The instructor will assist with design and material selection, but students have a lot of freedom to use their imagination and create their own design.
A variety of material is available for different blade sizes and types, as well as different handle materials. Students also have access to a library of templates to use as-is or as starting points, and example knives for reference and inspiration.
This course involves two sessions. Each session typically runs 3-4 hours long.
This course focuses on entry-level skills in knife making, some aspects of metalworking, and the basics of design with respect to functionality—how to make a product that works well for specific purposes.
No prior experience is necessary.
After spending 4 years apprenticing with welders, blacksmiths, and motorcycle mechanics, Liam brings his metalworking knowledge to brooklyn, hoping to help others create things that are both beautiful and practical. He hopes to one day design and build rocket engines.
When and Where
When: March 24th + 31st; April 14th + 21st; April 28th + May 5th; May 26th + June 2nd. 1-5pm each day.
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Where: CraftsmanAve Studio, 117B 11th street – Brooklyn, Gowanus.
Transportation: Take the F, G or R train to 4th Ave – 9th St station.
Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.