Basic Knifemaking Class

Knife Class – June 16, 17, 18 - 2016

I am preparing for my 2016 summer knife class for basic knife making. I am taking four students for three days. I will forge, grind and finish a hunting knife that will include every aspect of making a clean knife from start to finish. Students will come away with complete understanding of what it takes to construct a knife. Teaching will include: designing, forging, grinding, handle construction, guard, pinning techniques, fit and finish, hand sanding, heat treating and testing of blade. The cost for this class is $800 per student and one of the four will win the knife in a drawing. This class will be an action packed three days! I look forward to this time. 

There is only one opening left for this class.

Thursday June 16

Morning:

Discuss proper knife design, blade shapes, grinds, board drawing of different styles to show proper alignment of handles. Show full tang, partial tang and toggle tang.

Afternoon:

Guards, ferrules and buttcaps proper construction. Demonstrate proper forging techniques. 10/24 and ¼ /20 internal and external bolts and nuts. Proper press fit and shoulder milling fixture and file fixtures.. Pinning of buttcaps and ferrules to handle.

Friday June 17

Morning:

Proper handle construction. Stag, walrus, wood, mortise tang, dovetail, full tang. Demonstrate scale holding fixture. Discuss super glues and epoxy. Demonstrate how to drill a hole over a center punch to assure proper exit. Coffin handle design

Afternoon:

Finish sanding techniques. Plunge grind area problems. Handles and blades sanding. Handle and blade patterns

Saturday June 18

Morning:

Proper pinning of handles, doming pins. Touch on buffing guards and ferrules and handle material. Filework on blades, ferrules, buttcaps. Polishing sticks. What to use and how to make.. Talk about useful tools to aid in pre-doming of pins

Afternoon:

Answer questions and working one on one with specific problems or special requests.