Bladesmithing: 2-Day Forging Intensive

The Hand Wrought Survival Knife

Throughout human history, civilizations have been shown to make periodic quantum leaps in technological and cultural sophistication. The Iron Age, more specifically the development of carbon steel alloys, was one such quantum technological event giving rise to durable cutting tools.

Two Day Forging Intensive with Optional Campout

In our 2-day primitive bladesmithing intensive, students will learn to forge a full sized field knife as our ancestors did with simple tools, charcoal, and an earthen pit forge. This is a co-creative partnership between you and the primal elements of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air in the creation of a custom, hand wrought, bushcraft blade from high carbon tool steel. The Bladesmithing 2-Day intensive does not have prerequisite requirements and is open to beginning level students without experience.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of high carbon steel metallurgy
  • Revive ceremonial practices used by ancient bladesmiths to infuse spiritual energy into their blades
  • Understand the anatomy of the perfect bushcraft or field knife
  • Forge a high carbon steel alloy knife blade in a primitive earthen forge
  • Understand the essentials of practical blade and edge geometry for survival and bushcraft knives
  • Heat treat your forged blade to harden and temper a perfect balance of edge retention and toughness
  • Sharpen and hone your blade into a razor’s edge without relying on jigs or modern angle guides.

*This class includes an optional overnight camp-out in a historic farm-like setting on private land **The one day Bladesmithing I class is a recommended, but not a required, prerequisite to Bladesmithing II.

Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday (10am – 5pm)
Early Bird ……………………………………………… $195
Standard Registration .………………………….$215
Children 12 & under (with registered adult) …………………………………….………………………….$99
Materials Fee …………..………………………….…$45

Location: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday (10am – 5pm)
Early Bird ………………………………..…… $195
Standard Registration .…………………$215
Materials Fee …………..……………………$45

March 31 – April 1, 2018 (early bird ends 9pm, 3/24)

December 8th – 9th, 2018 (early bird ends 9pm, 12/01)

This class is included in the Ancient Metalsmith series.

2018 Metalsmithing Schedule

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Ancient Metalsmithing Series

Learn the ancient art of metalsmithing as a creative partnership with Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Subjects include bladesmithing, blacksmithing, coppersmithing, and forge building.

Related Classes

Coppersmithing

Learn the ancient art of redsmithing and forge copper into accessories for both beauty and utility.

Bladesmithing I

This is our introductory class to Primitive Bladesmithing. Students learn the foundation of hand forging blades by making small whittling knife.

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