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. Interested Students MUST COMPLETE this underage student APPLICATION prior to meeting with Blacksmithing Director.
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Higo Style Rustic Friction Folder: Learn to create a wonderful conversation piece and functional tool. In this class we will cover the basics of designing and building a simple friction folding knife in the Higo Style.
Students will start by learning about appropriate steels and how to process them to bring out the desired qualities such as durability, edge retention and sharpenability. After discussion of material size constraints students will work a small piece of copper to create a decorative handle. Then they will design a blade to fit inside their handle. Finally students will create a pattern from their design and forge a blade just slightly larger than the pattern to allow for grinding.
After rough grinding the basics of heat treating will be reviewed and students will heat treat their blades. Finally the knife will be assembled.
For those who have their own, or have taken one of our Damascus Billet workshops, you can bring that in to use. Note: Material should be between 1/8" and 3/16" thick and at least 3/4" to 1" 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 Night Course Schedule:
- Higo Style Rustic Friction Folder: October 2020 Session: Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14 (Mon. & Wed., 6:30pm-10pm)
NOTE: Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any 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 our students. 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. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: email@example.com.