Knife Making Workshop

Learn how to forge your own chef knife in a day



8 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $559 - $599 (or 4 payments of $139.75 - $149.75 Afterpay)
($559 for Weekdays, $599 for Weekends)

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. You go home with your own Japanese style chef knife, European style chef knife - or something completely based on your own design!

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 knife making course 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 on how to make a knife in a day, including attaching a ready-made handle to the blade you forge and grind.
 
What to bring
Closed-toe shoes, full-length shirt and pants in cotton rather than synthetics.
 
Location

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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Daryl Midgley Nov 2023


I had a great day at Nordic Edge, Jamie was a great teacher and made sure everything ran smoothly as well as allowing some freestyle!

The knife is great and is very much in use.

I look forwarded to seeing you again.

Terry Haayema Nov 2023


Jamie was fantastic, he guided us safely through a wonderful experience that we greatly enjoyed

Raphael Jandey Oct 2023


Did the knife making class with Bjorn, and it was absolutely fantastic. Very good teacher, and the knives we made looked fantastic. Cannot recommend this class enough

John-Paul Syriatowicz Oct 2023


Terrific course! It was a fun and educational day with the knife as an heirloom keepsake. Bjorn was an excellent teacher for our intimate class of four. He gave each attendee plenty of attention and help if needed so we could all move at the same pace.

Nordic Edge provided good quality safety gear and various materials to make some sections faster or we wouldn't have finished in one day (e.g. knife handles). Drinks throughout the day and a very tasty lunch were included.

I really enjoyed the day and highly recommend it to others.

Lee Watson Oct 2023


Fantastic workshop with a great instructor. Jamie was very patient and supportive and the whole day was a blast. Good fun being outta yer comfort zone!

Highly recommended

Emmanuel Roussakis Oct 2023


Great class, great instructors, great facilities and a great experience. Would do it again. Highly recommend this to anyone

Timothy Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Fantastic experience. Everyone was amazing, from Bjorn, Tim, and especially Jamie the teacher of the day. He taught everyone everything they needed to know. From giving facts about knife making, to explaining the equipment and how the process works. A really down to earth guy with amazing technique and people skills to match.

Teacher's response

So glad you had fun on the workshop! And thank you for the lovely review.

Sandro Tetto Sep 2023


It was for my son as a present and he just love it We probably try something together next time. Thanks

Knife Making Workshop review by Sandro Tetto - Sydney

Scott King Aug 2023


Great instructors, very helpful with teaching techniques, and supporting us.

Thanks again
Will be recommending this to people I know

Nick Both Aug 2023


Relaxed atmosphere, very informative and always open to questions (of which we had many). Fun, no pressure environment to learn in. What more can you ask for!

Knife Making Workshop review by Nick Both - Sydney

David Cliff Jul 2023


Jamie demonstrated complete mastery of blacksmithing and knife making and guided the 4 of us through all the steps of making a very professional looking knife, always maintaining a watchful eye on us and in great humour.

The workshop area was very rustic, in a way that a good workshop is. It looks well used with everything where it needed to be and in good working order.

This is a great experience that takes you away from the daily routine into an age old craft. While care is taken to minimise risks, this is no kids glove type activity with high heat (around the furnaces), heavy hammers, and powerful grinding tools all part of the day.

After completing a short but appropriate safety briefing, you are straight into it working through the day with only short lunch and water breaks. The process is complex with many steps as you move from initial forging and then grinding.

Highly

James Donlan Jun 2023


Great course. Good fun!
Would recommend to anyone interested in making knives.
Good sausage too

Jason Gaffey May 2023


Had a great day with the nordic edge crew Joel and Tim. The course was well paced and super informative and walking away with the 'best knife I've ever made' was very cool

Knife Making Workshop review by Jason Gaffey - Sydney

Matthew Hodges May 2023


Awesome workshop, Jamie was both entertaining and informative. Highly recommend for anyone who ever watched forged in fire and thought "hey that looks like fun"

Knife Making Workshop review by Matthew Hodges - Sydney

Josh Shields Apr 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


An actioned packed day with knowledgeable and approachable teacher, great intro for first knife makers, highly recommend

Maxwell Bannister Apr 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended


Lots of fun and will say anyone that would like to learn about the art of blacksmithing should give this a go

Knife Making Workshop review by Maxwell Bannister - Sydney

Aiden Quinn-Cook Apr 2023


Awesome class with the guys at Nordic edge. This was the first time me or my son had attempted something like this and I could not have asked for better. The instructors were friendly and supportive working through each step patiently and Jamies experience was obvious.
If anyone is looking for a unique activity give this a crack you will be amazed what you can create.

Metalwork class review by Aiden Quinn-Cook - Sydney

Chris Wylie Apr 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Fantastic, do not miss this class
Nordic edge put on a great day
And the instructor Jamie was brilliant
Chris.

Daniel Abe Apr 2023


Absolutely amazing class, I had so much fun taking a piece of steel and turning into my very own hand forged knife, Jamie the instructor was so much fun, he made everyone feel comfortable and kept it light, but he was always on hand to provide guidance.

Ben Dukes Apr 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


The class was awesome , very educational very excepting of any level of experience had a great day !

Metalwork class review by Ben Dukes - Sydney

Adam Moore Apr 2023


Exceptional and outstanding This is an experience never to be missed. Lots of hard work but truly worth it!
Fantastic team and Bjorn the instructor was truly a great leader. This experience is not only value for money but truly a great educational experience that will last a lifetime. If you have not already booked what are you waiting for?

Metalwork class review by Adam Moore - Sydney

Leanne Matheson Feb 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


An excellent experience, Jamie was extremely knowledgeable and made the day very enjoyable, loads of laughs and banter and at the end of it we all came away with knives to be proud of.

Metalwork class review by Leanne Matheson - Sydney

Matt Copping Dec 2022


I was given a Knife Making course for my birthday from my family, one of the best presents i've received for ages. Jamie and Tim were there to greet us with all the info for what the day held in store for us. Safety briefing, PPE and assurance we were going to go home with a knife that we had made. Jamie gave us step by step instructions and was always prepared for any questions i had throughout the day, it went quite quickly considering the processes we went through to forge our knives, obviously it's hot and physical work, but it's payed off for the finished product. Everything was supplied for the day, and i left with a knife that i had made myself. I really enjoyed the day, my family and friends were very impressed my knife, and yes "It Will Slice"

Sam Jones Dec 2022


Great teacher! Great workshop!
Very informative and excellent hands on learning experience!
Thanks for sharing your knowledge and skill

Stephanie Saulnier Nov 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews


This was purchased as a gift. The recipient absolutely loved the day and came back very pleased with his new knife!

Knife Making Workshop review by Stephanie Saulnier - Sydney

Aidan Seaton Nov 2022


I found the class really enjoyable I got to make my own chef's knife for work and chose the handle that I wanted to personalise create.
The class was informative and the teacher made it alot of fun.
Got to have a awesome lunch and a beer to finish the day with.
I would definitely recommend this class and I will be back again.

Metalwork class review by Aidan Seaton - Sydney

Greg Clynick Nov 2022


A great day! Fun, productive, rewarding, and: Went home with a knife to use and be proud of. 10 out of 10!

Knife Making Workshop review by Greg Clynick - Sydney

Mary McKenzie Nov 2022

7 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Both Jamie and Tim were full of information about the process and patient as we made our way to making our knives.

Metalwork class review by Mary McKenzie - Sydney

David Giblin Oct 2022


Jamie was knowledgeable and gave clear instructions to guide us through the process. Solid focus on safety and his sausage was a great way to end the day.

Matthew Orlovic Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


Fantastic class and such great value. Would recommend to anyone and will be doing it again.

Andrew Addinsell Oct 2022


Very enjoyable. The instructor (Jamie) struck a really good balance between guiding us and just letting us get on with it and figure things out for ourselves.

Ian Addinsell Oct 2022


Jamie was great, always there to support but letting us get on once he had demoed the next steps.
Learnt so much in such a short time.

Knife Making Workshop review by Ian Addinsell - Sydney

Ben Robinson Sep 2022


Jamie was a great teacher. Very knowledgeable and patient. Had a great time and learned some new skills which I hope to further improve in the future. Now I have a unique piece which I can really call my own and will cherish forever

Jeniffer Lazarus Sep 2022


Jamie was a lovely teacher. Very knowledgeable and great fun. I’ve recommended him to my family and best friends. The course was worth every Penny. X

Flávio Moreira Aug 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


My husband loved the workshop. It was a good gift idea for him. Thank you

Mohammed Nabeel Aug 2022


Great instructors, they provided food and drinks the who day.
I still can't believe how nice the knife turned out in the end.

Highly recommend.

Declan Coleman Aug 2022


I made it a surprise for my partners birthday. The class I booked had already been booked out by accident and the owner was so quick and lovely in messaging straight away to let me know and give me options on what I’d like to do, I changed the day and all was rearranged quickly for the new date. Can’t thank them enough for their professionalism in ensuring i was looked after and received all the emails on information about the class and getting there. My partner said it was amazing and Jamie the teacher was very fun and happy to answer all his questions. Thank you so much to the team at Nordic Edge.

Metalwork class review by Declan Coleman - Sydney

Rod Cochrane Jul 2022


Had an awesome time making my own chefs knife. Broyce was a great teacher ably assisted by Tim also looking after us. The team at Nordic Edge put on a great class.

Metalwork class review by Rod Cochrane - Sydney

Louise Smith Jul 2022

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 6 reviews


Took this class with my 16 year old son and we had a fantastic time. Our instructor Jamie was amazing - informative, helpful and funny. The knife making process was so interesting and we both really learnt a lot. We worked hard and also had fun. I can’t believe how cool the knives are that we came out with. Thanks so much Jamie and Nordic Edge.

Metalwork class review by Louise Smith - Sydney

Carissa Mills Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Jamie was an amazing teacher, full of knowledge and always willing to help out. Great to have a chat with as well over lunch (which was super yummy). We had a great time making our knives and can’t wait to use them, really recommend you do this class!

Knife Making Workshop review by Carissa Mills - Sydney

Emma Kharma Jul 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


An absolutely fantastic day with a super fun and knowledgeable crew. Making a knife from scratch was a rewarding and memorable experience

Ashur White Jul 2022


If I could give 10 out of 5 stars I would! What an awesome day, and an even better knife to take home. Special shout out to the teacher Jamie the Sausageman and a big, sincere thank you for your patience and for sharing your knowledge with us. Awesome experience.
Ash.

Allan Chadwick Jun 2022


The workshop was great, informative and fun. Would definitely recommend to people wanting to learn forging techniques. Knife turned out great!

Luke Mezrani Jun 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended


My three sons did the knife-making course and absolutely loved it. Such a great day to spend time together and make something worthwhile. Thanks so much Jamie for making it so enjoyable.

Adam Hennessy May 2022


Friendly staff and super helpful. I learnt a lot and would definitely give it another go.

Metalwork class review by Adam Hennessy - Sydney

Anthony Keys May 2022


A great experience with fantastic teachers. The class was very flexible in regards to what kind of knife could be made. Would definitely recommend for any Forged in Fire fan

Knife Making Workshop review by Anthony Keys - Sydney

Adrian Cohen Apr 2022


Really well presented class, attentive teacher (Jamie) and manageable numbers (4).
Catering and coffee worked well
Everyone interacted and learned heaps.
Very proud of the finished knife
Highly recommended

Knife Making Workshop review by Adrian Cohen - Sydney

Mac North Apr 2022


Very friendly environment - had a great day! Jayme was an excellent instructor and very patient. I also liked his philosophy - "Knife makers don't make mistakes, they just make smaller knives!"

Dennis Catana Apr 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


An amazing experience to say the least. Great pace, humbling work, and awesome chats. Would recommend to anyone!

Metalwork class review by Dennis Catana - Sydney

Greg Cooper Apr 2022


Jamie was a great guide on how to make my very own knife. Lots of help and encouragement and just the right amount of assistance. Plus beer and cheese kransky at the end was a winner!

Daniel Savelle Apr 2022


Awesome day! Great experience, teacher, end result. Enjoyed it all and would definitely recommend. Thank you!

Anonymized Customer Mar 2022

57 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Being someone who possesses no technical ability and have difficulty following even basic instruction :) I was astonished at the knife I made.

Cooking brings great enjoyment and today I realised that even I could make something amazing and have me go "I made that" while preparing my food.

The instructor was always on the spot to help out. Even when I was probably annoying in asking over and over. He was always happy to help or answer questions.

So I highly recommend this class. Its worth it.

It also will make you appreciate the effort made next time you see an expensive knife at the shop.

You realise in a very basic way the process and effort that goes into making it.

Michael Gill Mar 2022


Had a great day. Jamie is a brilliant teacher. And he has the patience of a saint. And he managed to save my knife after I made a bit of a stuff up. Overall, worth a go.

Lisa Santo Feb 2022


Had a fantastic day of knife making. A perfect amount of instruction was provided, tailored to what each of us needed. Each step was explained then demonstrated before doing it ourselves. Bjorn and Broyce were very welcoming and down-to-earth but also super professional. Lunch was included and was delicious. Love Broyce’s stories!

Metalwork class review by Lisa Santo - Sydney

Clinton Little Feb 2022


This was awesome Thought the teacher Jamie was epic, we all had great time. Came home with a unique knife that I thoroughly enjoyed making. Highly recommended!

Elliot Ravasio Dec 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


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
CHEERS TO BJORN & BROYCE

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 - Sydney

John Gallagher Nov 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended


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 - Sydney

Brenda Mongey Oct 2021


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

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'
Dan.

Knife Making Workshop review by Daniel Sharp - Sydney

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 class review by Brian Morrison - Sydney

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 class review by Julie Harrison - Sydney

Tamara Dytor Jun 2021

8 ClassBento workshops attended • 9 reviews


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

Metalwork class review by Tamara Dytor - Sydney

Robert Cook May 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


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 - Sydney

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

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 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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