Knife Making Workshop

Learn how to forge your own chef knife in a day

8 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $590 (or 4 payments of $147.50 Afterpay)

Come spend an exciting day with us in this practical introduction to knife making, and go home with your very own hand-forged chef knife from high carbon steel and a beautiful handle!

In this class, which is suitable for beginners, you will experience shaping your own knife with hammer and fire, as well as learn a bit about the forge, anvil, tools and techniques used in blacksmithing.

This workshop is very involved and includes forging your own blade, heat treating it yourself, grinding it to shape and attaching it to a pre-made handle. It begins with a safety briefing and then we discuss what it takes to get into knife making as a hobby, the tools required, where to source materials, safe working practises and an overview of the project of the day.

This full-day workshop consists of:

  • A safety briefing and tool overview (hammer/anvil/grinder/heat treatment).
  • Blacksmithing: forging your own blade from high-carbon steel.
  • Heat treatment: heat to non-magnetic and quench your blade.
  • Lunch break: hydrate after forging session and get some food into you!
  • Grinding room: safety, tool overview, grinder operation, blade grinding technique.
  • Grinding the blade: profile to your design, grind bevels to sharp.
  • Finishing the blade: progress to high grit belts and finish with scotch Brite for a satin grinder-finish.
  • Handle fitting: select a pre-made handle and attach this to your chef knife.
  • Sharpening: we will sharpen your completed forged chef knife before you finish for the day.

The workshop includes:
  • All materials required (carbon steel, hammers, tongs, anvil, gas forge, PPE, grinder, abrasives etc.)
  • Forging your own knife with hammer and anvil.
  • Help with grinding bevels or forging as required.
  • Heat treating your own blade by heating and quenching in oil.
  • All instructions and support required.
  • Lunch included from a local cafe (poke bowl, salad, burger + drink)

As this is a full-day workshop, it will include a couple of short breaks.

Please note: To complete the knife in one day, we will use pre-made handles and there is no handle construction component of this course.

Knowledge required
No prior knowledge required but some fitness required due to the hammering involved. You will need to have the ability to stand up in front of an anvil and lift a 1 kg hammer above the head for some time. This is not suitable for anyone under 16 years of age or with limited mobility.
What you'll get
All required materials on the day and an introduction to knife making by making their own forged chef knife in a day, including attaching a ready-made handle to the blade they forge and grind.
What to bring
Closed-toe shoes, full-length shirt and pants in cotton rather than synthetics.

Nordic Edge adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.


13-15 Mitchell Road, Brookvale NSW

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Nordic Edge
Nordic Edge

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Creative workshops in Brookvale on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
We love hobbies where you make something yourself, and teach workshops in spoon carving, blacksmithing and knife making where you forge your own chef knife.

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Elliot Ravasio Dec 2021

Fantastic one day course. The instructors are great to work with and we made some amazing knives Highly recommend

Frank Bartorilla Dec 2021

We had an awesome time at the knife making course our teachers BJORN & BROYCE
We’re extremely helpful and great guys
We also had so much fun laughing and carrying on with the boys and would recommend it to all
Venue was great and we also have good memories with my friends of the great day we had

Debbie Connolly Nov 2021

What an excellent workshop. Broyce was fun and informative, keeping the pace measured so we never felt overwhelmed. I'm super proud of the knife I made.

Knife Making Workshop review by Debbie Connolly

John Gallagher Nov 2021

Great fun day and made a really beautiful knife. Clear instructions from a really good teacher. The day was a joy. I couldn’t recommend it more.

Leo Sargent Nov 2021

The whole day was fantastic. Top tuition and advice about how to forge, grind and put on a handle for your own blade. For a complete novice, I never felt over my head as the helpful team were there to offer help and advice when ever I needed it. The equipment was great to use. Lunch was also delicious.

Knife Making Workshop review by Leo Sargent

Brenda Mongey Oct 2021

I thought it was a great experience, extremely friendly staff. Wonderful balance of teaching and personal creativity.

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Kareena Newton Jun 2021

My Son loved it He had an amazing time and said the teacher was really fun and explained everything really well.

Daniel Sharp Jun 2021

A great day!
Easy to pickup techniques, a light hearted and informative day - and the best part?
You get to walk away with a knife you've made yourself - great for 'Stabby Stabby'

Knife Making Workshop review by Daniel Sharp

Chris Migocki Jun 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

A great intruductory knife making class and a great way of getting into blacksmithing. The teacher was knowledgeable and helpful

Brian Morrison Jun 2021

The workshop was really good. the instructor was clear and concise with his directions, and created a good atmosphere for this class. Overall had a great day, and would like to make something else.

Metalwork workshop review by Brian Morrison

Julie Harrison Jun 2021

I had an amazing experience today The teacher Jamie (James) is very knowledgeable and pationate about his craft. He was very patient with us all. It was an amazing experience and worth every cent!

Metalwork workshop review by Julie Harrison

Tamara Dytor Jun 2021

Great class with a fabulous venue and a welcoming and knowledgeable teacher. Would love to it again.

Metalwork workshop review by Tamara Dytor

Robert Cook May 2021

What a great way to spend a day. Jamie not only looked the part of a veteran bladesmith, he backed it up with a lot of knowledge and advice gratefully accepted by this novice.
The process was clearly laid out and our knife making progress was constantly checked along the way to producing a better than expected result on my first go. Now have a constant reminder of my day when cooking.

Knife Making Workshop review by Robert Cook

Cameron Mackay May 2021

Fantastic experience and great way to spend a day. Lots to learn and rewarding thanks to the fantastic instructor

Vince Macerola May 2021

Had a great day learning the basics of knife making and also got make chefs very professional teacher great staff did not disappoint

Ellie Luhr May 2021

Wonderful day. Great teachers very patient, knowledgeable and helpful. Highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning Knifemaking.

Darryl Cain Apr 2021

Jamie was amazing - knowledgeable, helpful and very patient. Thoroughly recommend and very happy with the end product!

Jade McBride Feb 2021

The whole experience was amazing. Jamie the teacher was great and super knowledgeable. Everyone in my group made an amazing piece that they are really proud of. If youre thinking of doing this class, you absolutely should.

Debby Bennett Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

What a absolutely wonderful day I had. I learnt so much I can not thank Jamie enough for today

Mercedes Scamarcia Nov 2020

I highly recommend this class. A big thank you for a great day and a fantastic lesson on forge fundamentals.

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