Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)

at Craftsman Ave - Gowanus

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$375 2 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Jun 27, 1:00pm - Jul 04, 5:00pm Eastern Time (2 sessions)

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Location:
Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 5

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this metal working class:

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. 

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.

What You’ll Be Making

Guests can choose from 4 classic knife designs – a French Chef, a vegetable slicer, a cleaver, and a hunting knife.   Guests will be able to scale the knife and handle so it fits perfectly in their hand.  We’ll provide everything needed, including a couple options for handle materials and finish.

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.


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Refund Policy
Notify us 48 hours in advance of the class to cancel or reschedule.

If you miss your appointment, cancel or change your appointment with less than 48 hours notice, you will not be entitled to any refund or rescheduling possibilities.

This policy is in place out of respect for our artists and other paying customers.

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice are difficult to fill. By giving last minute notice or no notice at all, you prevent someone else from being able to schedule into that time slot.

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Start Dates (7)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Jul 04 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Jul 18 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Aug 01 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Aug 03 6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Aug 15 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Aug 29 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Aug 31 6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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Question from Anonymous
Hello! Will this class be offered in January or February?
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Is this course being offered remotely at this time?
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Question from anonymous
I see it says for ages 18 and over, but is there any way a 16 y.o. could attend?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Folks under age 18 can attend if a guardian accompanies them to the class.
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Question from Anonymous
Do you get to keep the knife?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
HI there! Yes, the students get to take their knife home.
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Question from anonymous
Hi can you offer more information about the teacher?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Regarding the instructor 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 hopes to one day design and builds rocket engines. Additionally, he is studying aerospace engineering at NYU.
Answer from Dani
I just took the course with Liam and thought he did an incredible job of making complex topics accessible. He is clearly passionate about this kind of work and is very approachable.
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Question from anonymous
Hey, I am interested in taking the intro to knife making class. I cannot do the December class. When will you offer the January class online so I can enroll? There will be 2 or 3 of us interested. Thanks. -Mike
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Mike! The course is only available on the published dates and times. We really can't say when will it be offered again. But if you like, you may save this class on your wishlist so you'll be automatically notified when we add new dates.
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Question from Luca
Could you make chef a chef knife in this class?
Answer from Patricia J. Verified Student
Yes
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Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (343)

(343 Reviews)
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/25/2021
Excellent teachers and a cool environment in which to learn. The introductory skills in this class are relevant to other metal fabrication projects. I'm planning to take more courses here.
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Patrick S. on 5/13/2021
Loved every minute of it!! Great experience, great teacher, great music and some beer at the end of the night.
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Joy M. on 2/1/2021
Amazing experience!! Superb, professional instruction. Would definitely recommend!
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/8/2020
Was really great and super happy with how my knife came out.
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/26/2020
Great Class! Hard work, but well worth it in the end! I love the knife I made and I can't wait to use it in the kitchen. Gerard the instructor was the best, very helpful and patient. Thank you!
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