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 email@example.com or 585-617-9644.
NOTE: Students need to have prior forging experience, such as our Skill Builder Workshop: Tapers, to get the most out of this class. Please contact us if you are concerned about your prerequisite experience!
RocAFC Bladesmithing Project 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!
Types of Projects:
Rustic Folder: You will be creating a simple rustic friction folding knife. The goal is to provide you with a wonderful conversation piece and functional knife. In this introductory class the students will choose a small piece of antler, design a blade to fit it then forge some high carbon steel to the design. The forged knife blank will then be filed or ground as needed. The basics of heat treating will be covered. The antler will be prepared to accept the finished blade and assembled. For those who took the Damascus Billet workshop you can bring that to use.