Day 1 The first knife you will make is a Tanto with Par-cord handle. It’ll be your taster and your opportunity to get to grips with the colours/heat you need to work your tool steel at, some basic Blacksmithing hammer techniques and most importantly how to shape with fire your knife into the blade of your dreams.
Day 2 The next blade we will be doing will possess a Japanese hidden tang this will be your first step into creating a wooden handle(what type of knife is your choice we could make a kitchen knife or a survival drop point, it’ll be your call). You will learn how to attach it securely choose your wood and shape it to your taste.
If we’ve time we’ll also make a fully hidden tang wooden handle knife.
The 2nd weekend we’ll be be making full tang knives with brass pinned wooden handle. By this stage shaping the knife into whatever type of knife you desire won’t be such an issue, heat treating will be wee buns, it’ll be refining your handle design so we’ll be doing silver soldering on brass guards pienning in brass pins into your handle etc.
On your 3rd weekend we’ll be doing Damascus/pattern welding. I know what your thinking ‘I want to do that on my first weekend.’ But to be honest sure I could take your money and show you how to fireweld and fold your steel but without the grounding in steel and fire understanding you got on the other two weekends you’d be going home with a metal splodge. Trust me on that I’ve been teaching this Craic for over 12years. Let’s do this properly let’s learn these techniques so you can do it on your own away from Hot Milk Forge.
Valerian steel Pah! Wait til you see what you’ll be making
Cost of Course £170 for the weekend, Lunch not included, all safety gear and materials provided.