Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)

at Craftsman Ave - Gowanus

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$375 3 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Oct 02, 1:00pm - Oct 09, 5:00pm Eastern Time (2 sessions)

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Location:
Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 5

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this metal working class:

Have you ever thought about what kind of person handcrafts their own kitchen knives? It may sound like the stuff of legends, but in just two 4 hour sessions, that person could be YOU.

In this workshop, you will make a classic French Chef, a vegetable slicer, a cleaver or a utility/hunting knife (you choose!), using the reductive (stock-removal) technique.

You start with a raw, rectangular piece of annealed tool steel, then cut, shape and polish it into a bonafide kitchen blade. As the knife creator, you can customize and scale your design so your knife perfectly fits your hand.

After the first session, your young knife will remain at Craftsman Ave for hardening and tempering before you return for the second session.

In the second session (held the same day/time of the following week), you’ll create a custom brass-pinned hardwood handle for your knife and polish your blade to look exactly how you want it to (Shiny? Rugged? You decide!)

Finally, you’ll sharpen your blade to a razor’s edge using our custom sharpening jigs. Be as dramatic as you want!

If you’re interested in forging your own knife, which is knife making centered around red hot metal, hammers, and anvils, check out our Forge a Custom Knife workshop

Skill Level: No prior experience is required. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the core concepts of knife making:

  • Profiling
  • Beveling
  • Polishing
  • Handle-making
  • Sharpening

Tools and techniques: You will use various hand tools to shape your knife, including:

  • Hacksaws
  • Files
  • Sanding blocks
  • You’ll also use belt sanders and rotary tools to make your knife.

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy

Cancellations or rescheduling requests 1 week or more prior to start of a workshop can receive a full refund or full credit towards a future workshop.  Cancellations or rescheduling requests between a week and two days prior to start of a workshop will receive a credit of 50% towards a future workshop. Cancellations or rescheduling requests made within two days prior to start of a workshop will not receive any refund or credit.  All cancellation/rescheduling requests should be sent directly to [email protected]  

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Take the F, G or R train to 4 Ave – 9th St station. Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.

Start Dates (6)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Oct 09 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Oct 17 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Nov 06 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Nov 20 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Dec 04 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $375
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Dec 18 1:00pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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Question from anonymous
I see it says for ages 18 and over, but is there any way a 16 y.o. could attend?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Folks under age 18 can attend if a guardian accompanies them to the class.
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Question from Anonymous
Do you get to keep the knife?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
HI there! Yes, the students get to take their knife home.
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Question from anonymous
Hi can you offer more information about the teacher?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Regarding the instructor Liam, after spending 4 years apprenticing with welders, blacksmiths, and motorcycle mechanics, Liam brings his metalworking knowledge to Brooklyn, hoping to help others create things that are both beautiful and practical. He hopes to one day design and builds rocket engines. Additionally, he is studying aerospace engineering at NYU.
Answer from Dani
I just took the course with Liam and thought he did an incredible job of making complex topics accessible. He is clearly passionate about this kind of work and is very approachable.
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Question from anonymous
Hey, I am interested in taking the intro to knife making class. I cannot do the December class. When will you offer the January class online so I can enroll? There will be 2 or 3 of us interested. Thanks. -Mike
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Mike! The course is only available on the published dates and times. We really can't say when will it be offered again. But if you like, you may save this class on your wishlist so you'll be automatically notified when we add new dates.
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Question from Luca
Could you make chef a chef knife in this class?
Answer from Patricia J. Verified Student
Yes
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Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (448)

(448 Reviews)
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Kathleen C. on 6/28/2022
The class was amazing! The instructor explained the knife making process really well, answered all of our questions, and provided help when needed at every step. He was also really friendly and made us feel very welcome. I had fun the entire time and will highly recommend this class to all of my friends! It was such a unique experience and I can't wait to show off my new knife.
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Maddie W. on 6/28/2022
As someone who Blacksmiths and Forges a lot, this class taught me a lot of great metal working and woodworking techniques for creating a polished finished product. It's awesome to have a knife I made myself that I can now use at home. I also appreciated how knowledgeable and helpful the instructor was.
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/27/2022
This is wildly fun and well done
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 3/30/2022
This class was so much fun! It's a lot of work, but you'll make a beautiful, sharp kitchen knife with hard steel (so it should theoretically be sharp for a while). The instructor was enthusiastic and friendly, and taught us a lot as absolute beginners. Would recommend.
Make a Custom Knife (Introduction to Knife Making)
Reviewed by Nicholas O. on 1/17/2022
Amazing class, great teacher. It was really cool, not limited really to the four choices in the description you can really put your creativity and ambition into the design. Cool space as well!
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