April 1-5, 2019 – Forging the Working Knife




Students will forge, heat treat and haft a working knife in the pattern desired by the student. This will include kitchen knives in various patterns or hunting and utility knives.

This is a hands-on course designed to give the student a working familiarity with the tools and materials utilized in the forging of a knife blade. Each student will forge his own blade of the pattern of his choosing from forge-welded wire rope, also sometimes referred to as ‘Cable Damascus’. Skills learned will include forging, grinding, filing and heat-treating (including hardening and tempering), with attendant emphasis on metallurgy and proper shaping and aesthetics. Knife design fundamentals to be covered include blade geometry, differences in knife and handle designs.

Each student will affix a handle to their blade using handle materials available at Dragonfly Forge or brought by the student. Hand finishing fundamentals will be taught. Finally, students will learn to hand sharpen their knives using Japanese whet-stones.

All tools, fuel, and materials included.

This class is open to all students, regardless of previous experience.


The price of the course is $1450 and is limited to four students per session. A deposit of $450 is requested, refundable up to 90 days before the session begins.

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