In this fun class, you will forge a 6-inch, rocking knife out of a high-carbon steel bar, stamp it with your initials, clay-harden it to produce a Japanese-style differential heat treatment, temper it, and hand-hone it to a razor sharpness on a water stone. Rocking knives are very useful for chopping and mincing herbs and vegetables; it also works great for slicing pizza and cutting up chicken. The knife is unique in that the blade and handle are forged from a single piece of steel, which is aesthetically pleasing while providing a great learning opportunity in manipulating hot steel. The photo represents the knife you will be making. The class will also cover the ergonomic forging method, and the theory and practice of heat-treating steel. The knife, and anything else you make is yours to take home.
The class fee is $460 and includes all materials and safety equipment. The class is conducted on Saturday-Sunday, and then there is a 2.5-hour wrap-up class the following Sunday. If you are unable to attend the wrap-up session on following Sunday, special provisions can easily be made.
The class is limited to 9 students.