Knife Making


Private Classes

Private Classes

Broken hammer Forge also offers private lessons. Our posted class schedule may not fit your schedule or you may have some training already and wish to learn specific skills not covered in our regular classes. You may have a child who wishes to learn blacksmithing but is too young to keep up with regular courses or you may be interested in learning how to make knives. Whatever the reason there are options for private lessons.

The first option is for the person who wants to take one of our regular classes but our posted times do not work for them. If you can get together a group of 4 - 6 friends I may be able to open a weekend that will work for your schedule.

The second option is the one on one private lesson. These are done on an hourly rate of $65/hour for one student or $95/hour for a class with two students. This price includes tools and materials. However, there may be additional cost if special materials are required, such as high carbon steel. We can work on whatever you want as long I know how. The minimum time is about 2 hours just for logistics of having enough time to learn something. Generally a student will schedule a 4 to 8 hour day class but we can schedule as much or as little as you want to. This tends to be a good option for the younger child (generally speaking that would be 13 and under) who is not yet old enough for the regular classes, since we can modify the class to his or her capabilities. Please note that for all minors a parent must be present during the class (no charge for the parent of course). If class time runs for a full day please bring a bag lunch or money for food. We have an Italian carry-out restaurant near us.

The last option is the knife class. Handmade knives are very popular and we offer several options depending on what you are interested in. Below are the three main types we offer depending on how much time you are willing to spend. Classes are billed at the normal private rate and will thus vary slightly depending on details and skill level.

The first option for a knife class takes about 3-4 hours and involves making a rustic style knife with a simple handle; either a twisted fold-back or a solid tang with paracord wrap. Blades length runs around six inches. This is usually the best option for a teen.

The second option takes around 6-8 hours and has a rustic finish and wooden scales with a full tang handle. Please note that exact blade profile does not change the time. So a bowie style, kukri or tonto would all take about the same time. Blade length runs around six to nine inches.

The third option takes a good full weekend and has the most variations. The blade is fully polished, metal guard (if you want), partial or full tang and more or less whatever design you want (within reason). Blade length runs around six to nine inches. The only thing to be completed at home is staining of the handle.

From here we can always run more advanced lessons if someone is able; such as swords or damascus. But these should only be attempted after the fundamentals have been covered. Please note that while we make every effort for someone to go home with a finished blade they are proud of, mistakes can happen and blades can be ruined. Even the professionals on Forged in Fire don't get it right every time.