Introduction to Knife-making

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Instructed by internationally recognised knife-maker, Keith Fludder, this intensive weekend course is an opportunity to enter the world of knife-making by crafting your own high-carbon steel chef's knife under the guidance of a master craftsman.

Over the course of one weekend, you will use stock-removal techniques to craft the carbon steel blade. Saturday starts with an introduction to the process of knife-making, looking at knife-ergonomics, design and profiling. Students will design their knife and begin work on shaping the blade by profiling the steel and grinding the primary bevels with the linishing machine. Students will finish off by heat-treating the blade to harden the steel.

Sunday begins by grinding the blade, before a final polish. Handles are shaped and then glued before lunch. After lunch the handles are shaped to comfortably fit your hand then finally sharpened.

This intensive course has a small class size of only 4 people to allow for personalised supervision and is open to students of all experience levels.

Cost includes

Morning tea, insurance, materials, use of tools and equipment, workshop consumables and safety gear.

Knife images courtesy of Keith Fludder and Matt Mewburn

Course learnings

  • Rough forging your blade shape
  • Knife ergonomics, design and profiling
  • Blade geometry and its various applications
  • Stock removal with a linisher to create the blade bevels
  • Heat treatment
  • Handle materials and fastening techniques
  • Knife sharpening

Additional Info

  • Please note that this class focuses on heat treating and grinding steel, but does does not contain any forging work.
  • Morning tea provided. If you have any special dietary requirements please ensure you bring something that meets your needs.  
  • Lunch is ordered in from a nearby cafe, or you can bring your own.
  • All materials will be provided for the completion of the knife. If you wish to bring your own handle material you may and its suitability will be assessed by the tutor running the class.
  • Hearing, eye and respiratory protection will be provided.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are posted using Regular post. If you have purchased a gift voucher and would like Express Post, this will incur an extra fee. To arrange Express Post please email Matt at: matt@eveleigh.works

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What you will learn
  • Knife ergonomics, design and profiling
  • Blade geometry and its various applications
  • Stock removal with a linisher to create the blade bevels
What you will get
  • Hearing, eye and respiratory protection will be provided.
  • A Beautiful Chef's Knife to treasure.
  • Morning and afternoon tea, materials, use of tools and equipment, workshop consumables.

What to bring
  • Covered footwear, workwear–long pants and sleeves, preferably natural fibre.
What to wear

Please wear clothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots

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27 June 2018 • Introduction to Knife-making

Attended the knife making course with my cousin. We had a great time and Keith was awesome. I would highly recommend this to anyone.


23 May 2018 • Introduction to Knife-making

Amazing experience! Great teachers! Really cool place!


28 February 2018 • Introduction to Knife-making

I seriously don’t know where to start. The most amazing weeekend, I made a knife!! I was struck by the history of the building, the tools, forged and power hammer the original guys used when making locomotive parts. All of this added to the incredible knowledge shared with us by our teacher Keith, the most humble man I’ve ever met. He’s a world regarded blade smith yet so relaxed and passionate, ready with a joke and willing to share his experience. Oh, and I made a knife!! I can’t recommend this course enough, the feeling I got watching the steel transform with each hammer strike & pass of the grinder. Do yourself or someone you love a favour and book them on this course... you’ll get a great knife to treasure. I’m hooked, now to learn to make a forge for the backyard. Best present EVER!! Alan

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