Introduction to making knives by stock removal. This one day workshop will help you get started into knifemaking. Knife design, grinding, heat treating, blade finishes, scale making and sharpening are all covered.
We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own knives with minimal equipment, as you make your own knife today.
The course goes from 8am until 5:30pm in one very packed day.
The stock removal process makes knives from grinding them out of steel blanks. No forging or hammering is used in the method. It is a great way to get into knifemaking as it needs much less equipment.
After an overview of the day, we select a design for the knife from a number of templates. The design is traced onto the carbon steel blank then profiled using a the grinder and bandsaw. Bevels are ground in, with the edge ground to about 1mm thick. Then holes in the tang are drilled and tapped to attach the scales.
Handle scales are selected from a range of timber then milled flat, drilled and profiled.
The blade is hardened and tempered before finally grinding the edge down to less than .3mm. Higher grits are used to get a good working finish on the blade. There is an option to acid etch and tumble finish the blade.
The handle scales are then shaped for a comfortable fit and then finished before being screwed onto the blade.
A very busy day where you create you own knife from scratch.
Cost - $500 (incl GST)
Cost includes: Tuition, insurance, materials, use of tools, workshop consumables, safety gear, morning and afternoon tea, photo USB.
Need to bring: Lunch, appropriate clothing and covered footwear
Booking in advance is essential
For starting dates see the upcoming courses list on the side panel.
Here is some photos from the courses to give you an idea of what happens.