NOTE: Students under the age of 16 MUST contact Arc + Flame Blacksmithing Director (Candace Martens) for an evaluation prior to enrolling in a smithing class. Candace can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-617-9644.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
Introduction to Bladesmithing: Create a wonderful conversation piece and functional drop point hunting knife. In this introductory class the students will learn to forge high carbon steel. Students will learn about some appropriate steels for blades and how to process them to bring out the desired qualities such as durability, edge retention, and sharpen-ability. They will then grind and heat treat their blade blank. Students will also be shown how to sharpen and polish the heat treated blade. Finally, the blades will be finished with a para-cord wrapped handle.
For those who have their own or took the Damascus Billet workshop you can bring that to use. Materials should be between 3/16" to 5/16" thick and 1" to 1-1/2" wide.
NOTE: This class is focused on the blade and assumes the student is already comfortable with high aspect-ratio tapering. Please contact us if you are concerned about your prerequisite experience!
Arc + Flame Bladesmithing Workshops are a keen way to learn and explore creating knives. Our experienced instructors will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on instruction at the forge to enhance your learning experience. These classes are designed as skill building endeavors that focus on the fundamental techniques used in working high carbon steel. Students will work on building the skills needed to be able to forge a knife blank, grind, heat treat and sharpen it.
NOTE: Bladesmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!
Current Workshop Schedule:
- May 2020 Session: May 17, 24, 31 (Sunday, 9am-5pm)