• Create an heirloom

    Make something that lasts for generations
  • Courses

    Australia's largest range of courses, designed from beginner to expert levels, run all year round. We also run tailored courses for individuals or small groups on demand
  • Custom Knives

    We make bespoke made to order knives as well as limited run production knives to your specifications
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Bladesmithing and Knifemaking

Always wanted to make a knife but didn't know where to begin? This extensive weekend workshop will give you the Read More
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Japanese Knifemaking

Japanese kitchen knives have distinct elegance in both form and function. In this intensive weekend course you will build two Read More
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Tactical Knives

The tactical knife is the ultimate survival tool in extreme conditions. This extensive weekend workshop will give you the opportunity Read More
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Folding Knives

The black art of folding knives. Creating a folding knife adds a level of complexity and precision to knife making. Read More
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Damascus Steel

Damascus - the ancient art of folding iron to make steel, with delicate watermarks like woodgrain. This is a one day Read More
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Kamisori - Japanese razors

Traditional Japanese straight razors, Kamisori, have been used for centuries to provide an outstanding shave. Their off-set hollow ground blade Read More
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Longbow making

In this comprehensive weekend long workshop you will fashion a longbow of sustainable Australian hardwood and beautiful bamboo, custom crafted Read More
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Knife Sharpening

A sharp knife is much safer than a blunt one. It cuts cleanly and does not slip, causing fewer accidents. Read More
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Welcome to the Tharwa Valley Forge

We aim to be the best knifemaking school in Australia, offering a wide range of courses and opportunities to learn and share skills. Regular classes are scheduled in a variety of topics. Since we started running classes, hundreds of people have been introduced to the art of custom knife making and successfully made their first knives.

The Tharwa Valley Forge was established in 2003 by bladesmith Karim Haddad to create high quality knives and tools, and to teach the skills necessary to do this. Karim was trained by Australia's first Master Bladesmith, Thomas Gerner, in the early 1990's in Western Australia. The Forge is located in village of Tharwa,  just south of Canberra, Australia.

Our website encourages this continual learning through sharing resources, tutorials and articles. We are always interested in feedback on how to make this site better. We hope you learn something from your visit, and come back soon and see us again.

  

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Knifemaking Steel

We stock a small range of high carbon steel (1075 and sometimes 15N20) for bladesmithing or stock removal. The steel Read More
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Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for all our courses. The price is the same as the cost of the course and are Read More
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Custom Knife Orders

We do make knives to order. Blades are either high carbon or damascus steel, we don't work with stainless steel. Read More
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