Knife Making Courses

Learn how to make a custom knife with some of KZN’s top makers.

Forged in Fire

The popularity of History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” has been phenomenal in raising the profile of bladesmithing and knifemaking around the world.

For those who haven’t yet seen the TV show, in each episode, four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall winner receiving $10,000 and the title of “Forged in Fire Champion”.

Fans of the show are naturally interested in making their very own knives, but where to start?

History Channel - Forged In Fire (original cast)
Doug Marcaida, J. Neilson, Wil Willis and David Baker (from left)

Why book a knife-making course?

  • Thinking of getting into knife making as a hobby.
  • a father & son bonding experience.
  • a present for your son, boyfriend or husband?
  • You want to make your own knife.

The courses below offer the opportunity not only to learn these skills as a complete novice but to put them into practice by making your very own knife with step-by-step instruction and guidance from expert craftsmen. They will guide you through every step from the materials to the basic techniques, tools, and hints to enable you to make the knife of your dreams.

When you have completed the course you will be the proud owner of your very own handmade knife.

We get many emails regarding young children. Please note that a minimum age of 14 years old, is regarded as a suitable age for children to complete the courses due to the physical demands and condensed time frames.

Online Courses

David Hoehler filming his online knifemaking course

The course is presented by Knifemaker Guild of South Africa member David Hoehler who is a full-time knifemaker with close to a decade of experience who will provide step-by-step instructions and guidance throughout the process.

In this online course, you will learn how to make a 210mm Western-style chef knife from start to finish using the stock removal method.

Whether you are an experienced Knifemaker or just starting out in the hobby, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to create a one-of-a-kind chef knife that is both functional and beautiful. So join us and learn the art of knife making from scratch.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback as you work on your knife.

Stock Removal Courses

Hennie van Brakel is a member of the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa and offers a 2 day, in person fixed blade knife course at his workshop in Howick, KZN. He teaches you the basics of making a fixed-blade knife. This includes marking out and drilling the knife blank, hollow grinding the blade, preparing the handle area, heat treating, polishing, making and fitting bolsters, fitting the handle and finishing off.

Hennie also teaches you to make a leather sheath, how to etch your name on the blade and finally how to sharpen the knife.

Hennie supplies all the needed materials which include; steel for one knife, sanding discs, grinding belts, and handle materials.

The cost is R4000.00pp. (Max one person)

Dates will be confirmed with Hennie and yourself after the booking. Accommodation is available in Howick should you need it.

Bladesmithing Courses

De Wet van Zyl of Darkwing Blades has been a full-time bladesmith since 2007 and is a member of the Knifemaker’s Guild of Southern Africa. He has a collection of knifemaking awards… and he wants to share his cutting-edge skills with you.

There is nothing quite like hand forging your knife that captures that “Forged in Fire” experience quite like this. Book a bladesmithing course with Darkwing Blades, and with step-by-step instruction, take home your very own hand-forged knife worth over R2000.

A maximum of 5 people per knifemaking course.

All tools, safety equipment and materials are supplied. Lunch and coffee are also provided.