Knife Making: Chef's Knife


Enter the world of knife-making by crafting your own high-carbon steel chef’s knife under the guidance of a master craftsman. This intensive weekend course is taught by internationally recognised knife-maker, Keith Fludder and is limited to class size of only 4 people to allow for personalised supervision. It is open to students of all experience levels.

As you make your own knife you will learn about:
• 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

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. Guards are made, handles are shaped and then glued before lunch. After lunch the handles are shaped to comfortably fit your hand then finally sharpened.

Course fee includes all materials, morning and afternoon tea, use of tools and equipment, workshop consumables and safety gear.

Additional Info

• Please note that this class focuses on heat treating and grinding steel, but does not contain any forging work.
• Morning and afternoon tea provided. Please bring your own lunch. If you have any special dietary requirements please ensure you bring something that meets your needs.
• 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.
• It is essential that you wear long pants and long sleeves (preferably natural fibre) and fully enclosed footwear. No one will be admitted without appropriate attire.

Please note:
All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

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