Spend a weekend forging and making your own knife!
We accept all major credit cards and payment methods.
Seminar Size: Three to Four attendees per class for a more personalized experience.
GROUP DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY/VETERAN/LAW ENFORCEMENT DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
PUBLIC SERVANT AND STUDENT DISCOUNT AVAILABLE
Age: Anyone over 18 years old.
Anyone between 15 and 18 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A parental signed agreement must be signed
Attendees will participate in an intense two-day seminar where they will experience the art of forging hot steel into a completed knife.
Currently, we are fortunate to be associated with History Channel's Forged in Fire
competitor David Roeder J.S.
, an internationally recognized blacksmith/bladesmith, whose experience is priceless. He is always eager to teach and is patient and attentive to those who want to learn a new skill.
Upon completion, the attendees will have proudly hand-forged and finished a 5-inch utility knife, complete with handle and sharpening. The attendee will do all work under the supervision of the instructor, and we will only intervene when there's a safety concern or there are too many mistakes being made.
We provide the blade steel, handle materials, forging equipment, and all machinery needed. We also offer refreshments, but you're welcome to bring your own.
9:00 a.m. meet at the forging location outside Vulcan Knife LLC. An email will be sent with directions 48 hours prior to the day of the seminar.
Lunch break will fluctuate depending on attendees' skills and pace at the forge, no one will be ever rushed.
After the lunch break, attendees will reconvene at Vulcan Knife LLC to being the knife-making process and temper the steel.
End of day one will be around 6:00 p.m. but it can go later than that, depending on attendees' skills and pace, no one will be rushed.
9:00 a.m. attendees will show up at Vulcan Knife LLC.
All activities will be conducted at Vulcan Knife LLC, and the day will end when a complete knife has been achieved.
A historical overview – how forging came into being, its use throughout history, and into contemporary times.
Metals used in forging along with specific use and purpose.
Knife design – why some designs work in certain environments and others do not.
Explore different methods of knife making. Learn the difference between forging and bench-made.
Work with hammers, tongs, anvils, grinding machines, buffers, and other forging and knife-making implements.
Understand safety and shop etiquette.
Practice proper body stance and posture in relation to using an anvil and hammer.
Experience steel tempering and learn the purpose of tempering and heat treating.
Learn the different grits used at different stages of knife-making, shaping versus finishing versus polishing versus sharpening.
Manufacture your own custom handle pack, cut it, pin it, glue it, and shape it yourself.
Come rested, hydrated, and ready to learn!