Craft a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)

Learn the fundamentals of knife making by making one from scratch!

NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP TAKES PLACES IN TWO SESSIONS. THE FIRST SESSION BEGINS AT THE DATE/TIME LISTED ON THE EVENT LISTED IN THE CALENDAR. THE SECOND SESSION WILL BEGIN AT THE SAME TIME ON THE SAME DAY OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of knife making in two 4 hour sessions. This workshop is focused on the reductive (or stock-removal) technique of knife making. If you’re interested in forging your own knife, which is knife making centered around “red hot metal, hammers, and anvils, check out our Forge a Custom Knife workshop.

In this workshop you’ll start with a raw piece of annealed tool steel, which you’ll shape and polish into a useful addition to your kitchen. We guarantee food made with your knife will taste even better!

In the first session, you’ll choose the basic design of your knife – either a classic French Chef, a vegetable slicer, a cleaver or a utility/hunting knife. You can then customize and scale your design so your knife perfectly fits your hand. Next you’ll apply your design to the tool steel, which you’ll cut, shape and polish using various hand and power tools. By the end of the first session, your knife will be ready for hardening and tempering by one of our craftspeople before you return for the second session.

In the second session (held the same day/time of the following week), you’ll build a custom brass-pinned hardwood handle for your knife and polish your blade until its a work of art. Finally, you’ll sharpen your blade to a razor’s edge using our custom sharpening jigs.

Overview

Skill Level : Beginner — no prior experience is required. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the core concepts of knife making – profiling, beveling, polishing, handle-making and sharpening.

Tools and techniques : You will use various hand tools to shape your knife, including hacksaws, files, and sanding blocks. You’ll also use belt sanders and rotary tools to make your knife.

Length: 2 sessions, 4 hours/session, give or take thirty minutes.

Class size: 4 – 6 people.

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