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The Hand-Forged Knife: Intro to Bladesmithing

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This class is strictly limited to 8 students, first-come, first-serve.

This is an introduction course that will teach students how to make a knife in two days and how to use salvaged materials from leaf springs, roller bearings and other qualified steel pieces to make blades.

About the Class:

This 2-day class is designed to serve as a basic, hands-on introduction to the craft of bladesmithing. Instruction will include information on tools and equipment, material selection, body mechanics, design considerations, forging techniques, basic heat treating principles and finishing methods. This will be a fairly active class, with strong emphasis on student participation, and will involve a healthy amount of heat, noise, sweat, and physical exertion. Each student will start with a 1/4″x3/4″x6″ segment of high carbon spring steel, and through forging, profiling, beveling, heat treating, and finishing, create their own personal hand-forged blade.

This class will focus on introducing the basics of blacksmithing first.  This isn’t just a knife-making class.  You’re not just grinding a pattern out and then heat-treating it.   Not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of knife-making, but learning to actually blacksmith gives you an entirely different skill set and a huge range of options in working with scrap metals (as in a post-disaster or post-apocalyptic situation) that you can’t reach by simply grinding out a blade pattern.

Knives will be forge-finished and if all goes well for you, you will go home with a paracord-handle, finished knife. Additionally you will receive a pair of safety glasses, ear  plugs, a file, and a file card to use for the class and take with you.

You will actually learn to heat, pound and shape spring steel into a blade. Come prepared to do a lot of hammering.

Students will be introduced to metals, heating, forging, hammering techniques, straightening, grinding, shaping, knife and handle making.

Don’t have huge expectations for the quality of your first blade. :)  It’s pretty ambitious to make a decent blade the very first time you have ever swung a hammer, but you will make one and learn enough to be able to do this on your own, or of course do it again in a more advanced class with more information and techniques next time.

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Class Schedule and Details

Class dates: October 22 – 23rd,  9 am – 4 pm each day

Lunch will be provided.

Class Tuition: $220. A $110 deposit is required to RSVP for this class.

Tuition must be paid before the class begins to hold your spot.  Priority is given to students who have paid their tuition in full.

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HOW TO REGISTER

To sign up using a credit card, visit our Square store

To sign up with Paypal, visit our Meetup page

To register with cash, money order or check, please send us an email at:

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To pay with Venmo, E-invoice, check or money order, please contact us here:

COURSE INFORMATION

Dates: This is a 4 week online course beginning on January 30th, 2023.

All course materials can be downloaded for personal future reference and use.

*Shipping of the poster is included for free with course tuition within the US. A digital copy will be provided to students outside of the US.

The online classroom access will close 4 weeks after the last week of class. Access will close on March 31st, 2023.

Registration closes on February 13th, 2023.

Course Hours: 16 contact hours for Physiology and Plant Science as well as Austere Medicine.

TUITION INFORMATION

If you are located outside of the US, you will receive a digital copy of the poster that is being mailed out to students that you can have printed!

Early Bird Tuition: $70, available until 1/1/23 (Online processing fees apply.)

Early Bird Venmo/Check/Money Order/E-invoice Discount: $70 until 1/1/23 (No processing fees)

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Regular Tuition: $90 (Processing fees apply)

Venmo/Check/E-invoice/Money Order Discount: $90 (No processing fees)

This is a 4-week online course that can be taken anywhere that you have an internet connection. You do not need to be in our area to participate.

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