Introduction to Knife Making


This workshop focuses on teaching basic knife making skills in two sessions.


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, and drill holes to prepare the blank for a handle.

The second session focuses on refining and finishing the knife. Students shape wood scales for the handle, mount the material to the knife, give the handle a waterproof seal, polish the blade, and complete the project by sharpening and honing the edge.

Product Notes

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 an overall length of 10 inches. The instructor will assist with design and material selection, but students are encouraged 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.

Course Notes

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 woodworking, 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.


About Liam

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 is studying Mechanical Engineering at New York University and hopes to one day design and build rocket engines.



When and Where

When: Most Sundays and some Wednesdays, 1-5pm (Workshops that start on Sunday will also meet the following Sunday; Workshops that start on a Wednesday will also meet the following Wednesday)

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Where: CraftsmanAve Studio, 117B 11th street, in beautiful Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY

Transportation: Take the F, G or R train to 4th Ave – 9th St station.
Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.

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