Friday Knife Making Class at Brown County Forge
Each week at Brown County Forge, students from Indiana and around the Midwest try their hands at blacksmithing.
The above photo shows the knife Mike, from the Valparaiso area, made in the Knife Making Fundamentals class.
He began the class with no forging experience and within a few hours produced an excellent first knife.
From No Forging Experience to Completed Projects
Since January 2016, I’ve been teaching people how to forge projects ranging from wall hooks to knives.
Most people arrive at the shop in Bloomington, Indiana with no prior experience.
They all leave with a completed project that they made themselves.
It’s an amazing process to be part of.
What Is Knife Class Like?
The knife making class at Brown County Forge has a set structure designed to help new blacksmiths get great results.
In simplified steps, this is what it looks like:
- We start class with a safety talk including the specialized forging equipment we’ll be using.
- The project for the day is laid out on the workbench in various stages of completion:
- Freshly forged.
- Beginning to grind.
- Finish grinding and polishing.
- Hardened knife.
- Second polish.
- Tempered blade.
- Final polish and sharpening.
- As the blacksmith, I then demonstrate the techniques the new student will use to forge their knife.
- This involves a combination of flattening, drawing out, and controlling the profile of the knife.
- After a few demonstration heats at the forge, the tongs are turned over to the student to start working the metal.
- They then follow the steps laid out below Item #2 above: Forging, Grinding, Polishing, Hardening, Polishing, Tempering, Polishing, and Sharpening.
Great Results and An Awesome Experience
Coaching blacksmithing students over the years has been a lot of fun. We’re currently approaching 1000 successful student projects at the shop.
You are welcome to join a Friday knife making class or look at some of our weekend options.
If you have questions or are ready to book, please contact Terran Marks, the owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.