Forge a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

at Craftsman Ave - Gowanus

Course Details
$255 4 seats left
Start Date:

Wed, Aug 04, 6:00pm - 11:00pm Eastern Time

Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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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 diy class:

Transform a piece of ordinary rebar into a beautiful knife that you design!

This workshop will immerse you in the world of knifesmithing – the art, science, and practice of using heat and hammers (among other tools) to shape steel. You will transform a piece of ordinary piece of rebar (steel reinforcing rod) into a beautiful knife of your own design.

The first portion of this workshop will focus on heating and shaping the rebar with a hammer and anvil. You’ll heat up your steel in our propane forge until it’s red-hot then use a hammer and anvil to create the profile of your knife. Rinse, repeat until you have the shape you want. It’s a great workout!

After you’ve created the rough shape of your knife, you’ll use a grinder to refine the shape and form the bevel of your knife, which is the core of its cutting edge.

Finally, you’ll heat the knife up one more time and quench it in oil to harden the blade. This involves red-hot metal and usually a little fire when you dunk your knife into the oil. It’s the ultimate Instagrammable photo or video! Ever seen “Forged in Fire”? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing!

We’ll then take a break while your knife is tempered. Feel free to grab a bite at one of the great restaurants in Gowanus or check out the canal. You’re also welcome to utilize our lounge and rooftop space to relax with your food, a drink, and your workshop buddies. Take advantage of your time out of the apartment and make a night of it!

Once we reconvene, you’ll put the finishing touches on your masterpiece – wrapping your knife’s handle and sharpening it to a razor’s edge. You’ll leave the workshop with a stunning piece of artistry, a slightly sore arm, and a newfound pride of your craftsmanship.

What You’ll Be Making: Your own custom forged knife

What’s You’ll Be Doing: Shaping your blade with copious amounts of heat and hammers, plus some help from a grinder 

Skill Level: Beginner — no previous experience is required.

Length: 5 hours (including a 1 hour break)

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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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What type of knife is created? I'd be interested in creating a chef's knife. Thanks.

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