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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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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Handmade stainless steel fishing knifeTwo and a half day introduction to working with stainless steel. Design and make two fishing knives using stock removal techniques and learn how to heat treat stainless steel at home. There's a lot of misconceptions about working with stainless steel, and for many people this makes it seem difficult. This course will take the mystery out of it and show you how to produce consistent results at home with only basic equipment.

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The full-tang outdoor or tactical knives are the ultimate survival tool in extreme conditions. This extensive weekend workshop will give you the opportunity not only to learn knifemaking skills, but to put them into practice making two outdoor or tactical 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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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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A sharp knife is much safer than a blunt one. It cuts cleanly and does not slip, causing fewer accidents. Yet most people don't know how to sharpen a knife and keep it sharp. This evening course shows you the secrets of getting and maintaining a fine edge. Knife care and storage will also be covered to ensure your knife stays sharp.

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This course is ideal for anyone who wants to make Kydex sheaths and holsters at home, whether for their own equipment or to sell to others. Bring two of your favourite knives and walk away with two sheaths, another small project of your own choosing, and the knowledge of how make a wide variety of other Kydex projects as well as how to make your own Kydex manufacturing equipment.

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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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