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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Hand-Forged 'Using' Knife

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Course Overview

This class is just what the title suggests—making a knife that is meant to be used—in the garden or forest, for cooking or hunting. We will begin by hand-forging a blade of high-carbon steel, starting from round stock.  With the blade forged to shape, we will do heat treatments of annealing, hardening, and tempering to get a knife that is able to hold an edge while being "tough" enough to withstand use. Students will then either forge guards, or cast bolster and pommel fittings. All finishing and sharpening will be done with files, sandpaper, and stones. We’ll work with antler, wood, or bone for handling our custom, handmade knives, ready to be used. Students are encouraged to bring their own special handle material, though the instructor will have plenty available. This class is appropriate for beginning and intermediate smiths.


Wed, Jun 19th, 2019  –  Fri, Jun 21st, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $345.00
Materials fee: $60.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • ear protection
  •  eye protection
  •  non-synthetic material clothing
  •  leather gloves
  •  note taking materials
  • handle material, i.e. antler, bone, or wood
  • 8" half round file, medium to fine cut
  • 6" flat file, medium to fine cut

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Robert Schulz
Robert Schulz
Hillsboro, WI

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Hand-Forged "Using" Knife - 6/19/2019