Bladesmithing

Teaching people how to make knives is why Tharwa Valley Forge was started. Our knifemaking and bladesmithing courses range from one-day to one-week and are suitable for ages 16 and up.

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Introduction to making knives by stock removal. This one day workshop will help you get started with knifemaking. Knife design, grinding, heat treating, blade finishes, scale making and sharpening are all covered. We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own knives with minimal equipment, and you'll develop all the skills you need by making your own full-tang knife in one day.

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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. At the end of this course you'll walk away with two outstanding handmade knives ready to wear on your belt.

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.

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Two and a half day introduction to knifemaking and bladesmithing. Always wanted to make a knife but didn't know where to begin? This extensive weekend workshop will give you the opportunity not only to learn these skills, but to put them into practice making two hand forged hidden-tang knives of your own design. We will show you techniques, tools and hints on how to get started making your own knives.

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Japanese kitchen knives have distinct elegance in both form and function. In this intensive two and a half day course you will build two traditional style Japanese kitchen knives of your own choice. Options include hammer finished or polished blades, chisel grind or V grind and a variety of handles choices. These blades will provide you with years of excellent service in your kitchen.

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Weekend introduction to making a slip joint folding knife - design and make two of your very own folding pocket knives. This course covers design, grinding, spring mechanisms, heat treating and sharpening of folding knives. Taught by the Alistair Phillips, the first ever Australian to design a production folding knife for Spyderco.

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A one week immersive course in knifemaking for those who want to get a solid start. The course covers the knife making process with extra focus on forging, grinding and heat treatment of carbon steels. You will also make your own forge so you can continue to make and heat treat at home.

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This course will show you how to use Kydex to make two basic styles of sheath and makes an excellent add-on for our one or two day knife courses. Kydex is an easy-to-form thermoplastic that moulds tightly using minimal equipment and provides excellent protection and retention. Bring two of your favourite knives and walk away with two sheaths and the knowledge of how to make more at home.

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This course will show you how to make Japanese Saya sheathes. The Saya is a wooden sheath that is custom-fitted to your knife and provides excellent protection during transport and storage. Bring two of your favorite kitchen knives and walk away with two custom-fitted Saya sheaths and the knowledge of how to make more at home.

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