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Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

Learn the ancient art of knife smithing and transform a piece of ordinary rebar into a stunning custom knife of your own design at Craftsman Ave. Immerse yourself in the world of heat, hammers, and steel shaping techniques in this beginner-friendly workshop. Sharpen your skills and leave with a true masterpiece.

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  • 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
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What you'll learn in this metal working class:

Transform a piece of ordinary rebar into a beautiful knife that you design!

This workshop will immerse you in the world of knifesmithing – the art, science, and practice of using heat and hammers (among other tools) to shape steel. You will transform a piece of ordinary piece of rebar (steel reinforcing rod) into a beautiful knife of your own design.

The first portion of this workshop will focus on heating and shaping the rebar with a hammer and anvil. You’ll heat up your steel in our propane forge until it’s red-hot then use a hammer and anvil to create the profile of your knife. Rinse, repeat until you have the shape you want. It’s a great workout!

After you’ve created the rough shape of your knife, you’ll use a grinder to refine the shape and form the bevel of your knife, which is the core of its cutting edge.

Finally, you’ll heat the knife up one more time and quench it in oil to harden the blade. This involves red-hot metal and usually a little fire when you dunk your knife into the oil. It’s the ultimate Instagrammable photo or video! Ever seen “Forged in Fire”? That’s exactly what you’ll be doing!

We’ll then take a break while your knife is tempered. Feel free to grab a bite at one of the great restaurants in Gowanus or check out the canal. You’re also welcome to utilize our lounge and rooftop space to relax with your food, a drink, and your workshop buddies. Take advantage of your time out of the apartment and make a night of it!

Once we reconvene, you’ll put the finishing touches on your masterpiece – wrapping your knife’s handle and sharpening it to a razor’s edge. You’ll leave the workshop with a stunning piece of artistry, a slightly sore arm, and a newfound pride of your craftsmanship.

Click here if you want to book for the Date Night couple class instead.

What You’ll Be Making: Your own custom forged knife

What’s You’ll Be Doing: Shaping your blade with copious amounts of heat and hammers, plus some help from a grinder

Skill Level: Beginner — no previous experience is required.

Length: 5 hours (including a 1 hour break)

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests 7 business days or more prior to start of a workshop can receive a 95% refund (less one time enrollment fee) or full credit towards a future workshop.
  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests between 7-3 business days prior to start of a workshop will receive a credit of 50% towards a future workshop.
  • Cancellations or rescheduling requests made within 3 business days prior to start of a workshop will not receive any refund or credit.

All cancellation/rescheduling requests should be sent directly to [email protected]

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (529)

(4.7-star rating across 529 reviews)
  • Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

    Anonymous review on 2/18/2023
    Fun class! As a solo person taking the class, it would've been great to have the pizza & wine add-on option that was given to couples taking the class. Otherwise, definitely bring a snack.
  • Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

    Anonymous review on 8/15/2022
    This class was really fun! It was cool to iron out the metal and see it become a knife as the class progressed. As expected with a forge, the place got hot, but students were offered water, and had plenty of opportunities to take breaks. The instructor was nice and supportive.
  • Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

    Reviewed by Weifang Z. on 6/28/2022
    We really enjoyed our time - the instructors were very helpful and thorough in their explanations/approach. Very unique experience. My partner and I had a great time, and made some cool paring knives that look great and that we can take camping with us!
  • Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

    Reviewed by Xavier N. on 6/6/2022
    Class was incredible, just like an episode of forged in fire. The instructors were knowledgeable and helpful and we had a great time. My arm hurt afterward from all that hammering, but it was sooo worth it!
  • Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

    Reviewed by Christopher A. on 2/20/2022
    Excellent course, fun and very instructional. Great night out with the honey. Nothing better than pounding metal together with the one you love.
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Students have shared overwhelmingly positive reviews about this Introduction to Knifesmithing class. They found the class to be fun, unique, and highly instructional. Many emphasized the satisfaction of seeing their iron transform into a knife over the course of the lesson. Students also appreciated the supportive and knowledgeable instructors who provided thorough explanations and hands-on assistance. In addition, some students appreciated the social and bonding aspects of the class, whether attended solo or with a partner, and the fact that they took home a knife. Quotes: 1. "It was cool to iron out the metal and see it become a knife as the class progressed." 2. "The instructors were very helpful and thorough in their explanations/approach." 3. "Class was incredible, just like an episode of forged in fire. My arm hurt afterward from all that hammering, but it was sooo worth it!"

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