Sat, Jul 15|
Fort Walton Beach
Viking Era Utility Knife
Introduction level class on knife making. We will use traditional tools (hammer/file/whetstone) to make a classic utility knife. Great study in hammer work, BBQ lunch is included.
Time & Location
Jul 15, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Fort Walton Beach, 418 Green Acres Rd Suite 4, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547, USA
About the event
Classic medieval "kitchen" knife, Small 4-to-6-inch blade with flip back handle, a pig's tail finger guard, a twist to improve grip and a forged edge. This knife will be made in traditional style using a hammer, file and whetstone. A great challenge that will result in a great product, one that you will be proud to use around the campfire or when re-enacting.
You will also learn about coal fire management. Extra time is available if you want to stick around to polish your blade after class. We will use modern tools - power hammer/grinders - only if we get behind on time.
What to expect:
This one-day class starts with a healthy dose of blacksmithing safety and then progresses into hammer control exercises where you will make a medieval style utility knife. You will learn drawing out, hot punching, hardening, quenching, tapers, bending and finishing.
For this (or any) class you must wear natural fabric (cotton) long trousers and closed toe shoes (leather is best). Long sleeve natural fabric shirt is recommended as bare arms can get stung by scale on occasion. Other required safety gear is provided but if you have a leather apron you may want to bring it (or buy one of ours for $50).
Age 12 and up, but if under 18 a parent or guardian must be present to sign a waiver (and stay around to help as a striker). Call 850-974-1548 if you have any questions.
Viking Utility Knife
Introduction level class on knife making. We will use traditional tools (hammer/file/whet stone) to make a classic utility knife. Great study in hammer work, BBQ lunch is included.