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Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)

at Craftsman Ave - Gowanus

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$255 1 seat left
Start Date:

Sat, Aug 13, 6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time

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Location:
Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 5

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this diy 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.

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)


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Refund Policy

Cancellations or rescheduling requests 1 week or more prior to start of a workshop can receive a full refund or full credit towards a future workshop.  Cancellations or rescheduling requests between a week and two days prior to start of a workshop will receive a credit of 50% towards a future workshop. Cancellations or rescheduling requests made within two 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]  

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6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 1 $255
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6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 1 $255
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6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern Time TBD 1 $255

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Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (430)

(430 Reviews)
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.
Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)
Reviewed by Jennifer D. on 7/21/2022
Forge a Survival Knife (Introduction to Knifesmithing)
Reviewed by Marielle D. on 5/6/2022
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