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Date Night: Forge a Survival Knife

Unleash your inner blacksmith and craft a stunning custom knife from a simple rebar in this immersive knife smithing workshop. Transform raw steel into a functional work of art with the guidance of expert instructors. Get ready to heat, hammer, shape, and refine your very own blade, all while enjoying a pizza and wine with your partner.

  • Level Beginner
  • Age 18 and older
  • Price $345 for 2 people
  • Location 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY

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  • $345 for 2 people ($172.50/person)
  • Craftsman Ave Studio @ 117B 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Class Description

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What you'll learn in this metal working class:

Date Night: Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

  • Each couple will make one knife together and get a pizza and a bottle of wine to share during the workshop.

Click here if you want to book for the regular single attendee class instead.

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.

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

What 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.

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Craftsman Ave

We transform "regular folks" into welders, woodworkers, welders, jewelry makers, leather crafters, knife forgers, and stained glass artisans in just one workshop.

Our hands-on workshops run from 2 to 4.5 hours and are taught by local makers, artists & designers in Brooklyn.

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