Introduction to Knife-making

Next Available: 14 Oct 9:00AM
8.0 hours


Instructed by internationally recognised knife-maker, Keith Fludder, this intensive weekend course is an opportunity to enter the world of knife-making by crafting your own high-carbon steel chef's knife under the guidance of a master craftsman.

Over the course of one weekend, you will use stock-removal techniques to craft the carbon steel blade. Saturday starts with an introduction to the process of knife-making, looking at knife-ergonomics, design and profiling. Students will design their knife and begin work on shaping the blade by profiling the steel and grinding the primary bevels with the linishing machine. Students will finish off by heat-treating the blade to harden the steel.

Sunday begins by grinding the blade, before a final polish. Handles are shaped and then glued before lunch. After lunch the handles are shaped to comfortably fit your hand then finally sharpened.

This intensive course has a small class size of only 4 people to allow for personalised supervision and is open to students of all experience levels.

Cost includes

Morning tea, insurance, materials, use of tools and equipment, workshop consumables and safety gear.

Knife images courtesy of Keith Fludder and Matt Mewburn

Course learnings

  • Rough forging your blade shape
  • Knife ergonomics, design and profiling
  • Blade geometry and its various applications
  • Stock removal with a linisher to create the blade bevels
  • Heat treatment
  • Handle materials and fastening techniques
  • Knife sharpening

Additional Info

  • Please note that this class focuses on heat treating and grinding steel, but does does not contain any forging work.
  • Morning tea provided. If you have any special dietary requirements please ensure you bring something that meets your needs.  
  • Lunch is ordered in from a nearby cafe, or you can bring your own.
  • All materials will be provided for the completion of the knife. If you wish to bring your own handle material you may and its suitability will be assessed by the tutor running the class.
  • Hearing, eye and respiratory protection will be provided.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are posted using Regular post. If you have purchased a gift voucher and would like Express Post, this will incur an extra fee. To arrange Express Post please call Catalina on 0434 941 761. 

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Class Schedule

Weekend course, 9am–5 pm Saturday and Sunday

What you will learn
  • Knife ergonomics, design and profiling
  • Blade geometry and its various applications
  • Stock removal with a linisher to create the blade bevels
What you will get
  • Hearing, eye and respiratory protection will be provided.
  • A Beautiful Chef's Knife to treasure.
  • Morning and afternoon tea, materials, use of tools and equipment, workshop consumables.

What to bring
  • Covered footwear, workwear–long pants and sleeves, preferably natural fibre.
What to wear

Please wear clothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots


Eveleigh Works

Vendor sincce 2016

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16 August 2017 • Introduction to Knife-making

Really enjoyed the class everybody was really friendly learnt a lot


10 May 2017 • Introduction to Knife-making

I Learnt the entire process of forging and turning steel into a working knife. This included hot forging techniques, heat treatment, grinding and shaping. Class is fun with open and friendly staff and I'd recommend this to anyone who takes pleasure in learning new skills and doing things with their own hands.


03 March 2017 • Introduction to Knife-making

As a teenager my dream job was to make knifes and swords,... but back then it seemed like something impossible to achieve. Having the chance to learn how to make a blade and to actually make it yourself in this two days workshop felt like crossing a huge line on the bucket list. Keith is great as explaining and showing you every step of the conception of your project. I am incredibly proud of having made this beautiful knife and I can't wait to join more classes to learn more about working on metal to create stuff. 5/5 would recomend to anyone!

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