Intro to bladesmithing-the blacksmith knife.
Students will learn a variety of basic forging techniques during the process of creating a simple knife from steel barstock.
Students will make use of hammers, anvils, grinders tongs, and a forge to form a piece of high carbon (1084V) steel into a simple knife commonly known as a blacksmith knife.
Techniques typically covered include forging to shape, flattening, beveling, crosspein and straightpein drawing out, using the face and edges of the hammer for forming, drawing round, square, and twisted tapers, working scrolls over the edge of the anvil, heat treating, finish grinding, and sharpening. At the end of the course students should leave with a finished sharp knife that should last a lifetime.
Open to ages 16 and up.