Make two custom stainless steel full-tang outdoor knives together with two custom fitted Kydex sheaths. Whether you are hunting, camping, fishing or out field in the military, these knives won’t let you down.
The course goes for two and a half days and is over 20 hours long.
This course is suitable for anyone, even if they haven't used tools before. If you're a knifemaker, this course will take the mystery out of working with stainless and show you how to get consistent results at home with only basic equipment.
The course begins on an evening with an overview of the process of making a full-tang outdoor knife in 12C27 stainless steel (roughly equivalent to 440C). This includes time to design your knives and choose materials. It also covers blade theory and design, heat-treating stainless steel, and workshop safety.
The first full-day starts early and is all about getting steel in the right shape and metallurgical condition. You’ll use bandsaws, grinders, and hand tools to transform two blank pieces of stainless steel into two almost-knives. At the end of the day it’ll be time to heat treat your blades in preparation for the second day.
The second full-day will see you finish your knives and add any final personal touches. You’ll complete your handle scales (natural or synthetic materials available), assemble your blades and make your Kydex sheaths.
At the end of the course, you’ll walk away with two outstanding handmade knives ready to wear on your belt.
You do all the work yourself, no prior experience using tools necessary. Our job is to guide, instruct and help you recover from any mistakes.
Cost includes tuition, insurance, materials, use of tools, workshop consumables, safety gear, morning and afternoon tea.
You’ll need to bring lunches, appropriate clothing and enclosed footwear, and make sure long hair is tied back.Course Dates