Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

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You've marveled at the craftsmen (and women) who can bend metal to their will. Now you'll have a chance to learn the basics of forging and try it for yourself!

In this class, Dabblers will learn proper tool use and shop safety, as well as the principles of design and fabrication of the forged blade. We will show examples of proper heat treatment, hammering, shaping of steel, grinding, sanding, handle attachment, buffing and finishing work, as well as sharpening.

The class format is both lecture and demonstration, however students will be able to get some hands on practice with the forge, hammer, and grinder at the end of class. Students will also receive handouts detailing the process and will have the option of registering for the full blade forging class where you will forge your own knife or sword.

Student Reviews

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    Karen S.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    This was a lot of fun. The class provides a lot of history and teaching about techniques, and then at the end the group each gets a few goes at hammering :)

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    Brandon L.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    This was a fun introduction to forging! The first part consisted of an explanation of the process involved in forging, and during the second part we were able to heat and hammer pieces of rebar.

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    Tobias G.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    i had fun in the class i attended and learned a few new things as well as started learning a new skill

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    Michael H.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    I enjoyed the class very much. The instructor provided some basic info on metals, the tools and safety. Then we got down to business. Each of us got turns to work a piece of rebar, hammering it, twisting and bending it. A very good hands on intro.

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    Caleb C.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    This was a great intro to forging, and I intend on taking more classes with this instructor.

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    Dirk D.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    Very fun, very relaxed but focused class on teaching how to make your own knife. This was a very good job and it was cool to see a finished product from an originally old rail tie!

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    Hallie P.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    I learned a lot. Enjoyed it.

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    Damien O.
    Intro to Forging: Swords and Knives

    Great beginners class into forging! Teacher gave a good introduction into working with metals, the tools and shared some of the awesome swords other teachers have made. Was fun trying out the tools! I was secretly hoping to come out of the class with my own masterpiece but in reality it really was an intro class as it takes hours for beginners to make anything that could possibly resemble a knife or sword!

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Jake McNaughton

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Jake teaches bladesmithing at the Fire Arts Center of Chicago and makes high end cutlery with Ravenswood Handforged.