UPDATED October 2, 2018 - Gift certificates and new t-shirts are now available on jwsblades.com! Perfect for the upcoming holiday season, birthdays, aniversaries and more! We are adding new class dates for September, October, December, January (2019) February and March (2019). Yes, we're booking into next year already! Our new shop is just outside of Hershey in 17057, about 20 minutes from our previous location, easily accessed from Rt 283, Rt 322 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Please check your email for updated class information 2 days before the scheduled class.
This is a brand new class for fall 2017/winter 2018! If no class dates are available, please consider our 2 day knife making class (http://knifeclass.eventzilla.net) or our tomahawk class (http://tomahawk.eventzilla.net).
This is a 1 day class, with classes available on Sundays. Students will learn to forge a single blade during this class, a blacksmith or Viking style knife and learn to make a leather sheath custom for their knife. Students will learn to forge by hand, fire management, basic heat treating proceduces and blade forming techniques including grinding and filing. After forging and performing heat treatment, students will learn to make a basic template of their knives and use that template to create a custom leather sheath from veg tanned leather. While there is no set age requirements, we recommend the classes for ages 16 and over (email us regarding younger students, we just want to make sure it's worth our time and your money) and is limited to 3 students per class and scheduling is done on a first come, first serve basis. All materials, including steel, abrassives, leather and fuels needed to complete knives will be provided along with needed safety gear. We will be using a combination of coal and gas forges during classes. Belt grinders, air tools, abrasive saws and other power equipment may also be used by students. All classes are held in our indoor facility, rain, snow or shine! Attendees must wear jeans or work pants, closed toe shoes, preferably work boots and are encouraged to bring their own tools such as hammers or tongs if they have them but this is not required.
We do not offer refunds for classes due to the advanced scheduling, limited spots available and lead time required to order materials and consumables for each student; however, we run classes year round and will gladly work with you to find a different class to better suit your schedule.
For a tour of the forge, click here!