Beginners Bladesmithing – Chef Knife

Beginners Bladesmithing – Chefs knife

Join one of my most popular courses! Are you a home cooking enthusiast, or do you know someone who is? Here’s your chance to learn the art of crafting your very own custom chef’s knife right here at the workshop.

In this engaging 2-day course, you’ll dive into the process of forging and finishing your blade, tailoring it to your unique specifications and style. Imagine infusing your culinary tastes into the shape and function of your knife! The end result? A knife you’ll be genuinely proud to wield in the kitchen.

We’ll walk through each stage of crafting your custom knife – from forging the blade, hardening, tempering, to sanding and polishing. Finally, you’ll add a handle, completing your blade and adding a touch of joy to your home (or professional) cooking! Get ready to elevate your kitchen game!

Day 1

  • 9am Start.  Introduction, coffee/tea and a brief overview of the day.
  • 9:15 Fire up the forge
  • practice piece for 30-40 minutes
  • break
  • main blade start
  • Lunch – 30-40 min
  • 5pm Heat Treatment (hardening & tempering)
  • Close 5:30pm

There is extra time if required during certain steps

Day 2

  • 9:30am start
  • Grind & polish blade
  • choose wood for handle
  • mark, measure and cut
  • shape the grip
  • final assembly
  • sand and oil
  • 5:30pm Close

Upgrade – 2 person course

Take your course experience to the next level with the dynamic option to include a friend! Picture this: you and a pal, partner, or family member each diving into the world of blade crafting, unleashing your creativity in a friendly rivalry. Imagine the sparks flying as you forge your unique blades side by side. It’s not just a course; it’s a shared adventure, a chance to craft memories along with your blades. Upgrade your experience and make it a journey you’ll both remember!

Upgrade – San-mai blade (intermediate course)

In this optional upgrade, we skip the initial practice blade and dive straight into crafting your San-Mai (3-layer) steel billet using the mesmerizing technique of firewelding. The course then follows its regular progression until after the polishing stage. Here, we introduce a unique twist by etching your blade using a combination of acid and polishing techniques, adding an extra layer of uniqueness. While beginners are welcome, it’s recommended that participants have some prior bladesmithing or blacksmithing experience to fully appreciate and grasp the intricacies of this advanced process. It’s a hands-on adventure for those ready to take their bladesmithing skills to the next level!

Upgrade – Custom Design (non-culinary)

Let’s kick the course up a notch with a personalised upgrade – you have the freedom to craft the knife of your dreams, whether it’s a sleek dagger, a robust Bowie, or any other non-culinary blade. The course structure stays more or less the same as I guide you through each stage of blade creation. Your design choices and the materials you select will define the character of your unique knife. This upgrade transforms the course into a personalised journey, ensuring it aligns with your vision. Get ready to turn that vision into a stunning, handcrafted reality! Time and certain design limitations may apply

What to bring

For your safety and comfort during the workshop, I kindly request that you wear old, non-flammable clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Please avoid wearing fleeces, jogging bottoms, or clothing made from similar materials in the workshop.

For footwear, the ideal choice would be steel-toe boots, leather boots, or sturdy footwear. To ensure your safety, sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted in the working area. This precaution is essential, as no alternative can be offered, and it helps minimize the risk of serious injury.

Additionally, please ensure that your trousers cover the top opening of your footwear. This simple measure will help prevent any hot steel or shrapnel from falling into your shoes, reducing the risk of injury. Your safety is a top priority, so let’s make sure we’re geared up appropriately for a productive and secure workshop experience.


Fortunately, there’s a range of options for your convenience in the immediate area. You’ll find shops and cafes serving good food at reasonable prices. Additionally, there’s a small corner shop and a Sainsbury’s store nearby.

If you prefer bringing your own food, there’s a small seating area in the kitchen equipped with a kettle and microwave facilities. Feel free to make use of the available fridge to store any items you bring along. Whether you choose to explore the local dining options or bring a homemade meal, you’ll have the flexibility to make the most of your time in the workshop.

Bottled water & Teas/coffee are freely available

Social Media

Your comfort and privacy during the courses are priorities for me. If you have any concerns about the sharing of images and videos, please communicate them. By default, images taken will be used for a teaching portfolio on my website and social media accounts, including Facebook and Instagram. However, if you’d rather not be featured or have specific preferences, let me know, and I’ll respect your wishes. I’m here to ensure your experience is enjoyable and aligns with your expectations, and I appreciate your understanding in sharing the course highlights on social media.

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In this course, every step is tailored to optimise the outcome in bladesmithing and metallurgy. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that failures, whether large or small, may occur despite our best efforts. These could stem from unforeseen factors- including inherent flaws and stresses in the starting steel. Embracing the nature of smithing, we’ll do our utmost to address and work around any issues that arise, though this may not always be possible.

It’s crucial to recognise that the primary focus of the course is the experience itself, regardless of the final result. The journey, the skills gained, and the hands-on understanding of the craft are the true treasures of this bladesmithing adventure.

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