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About this course

In this exclusive online course, internationally acclaimed bladesmith and TV personality Owen Bush helps you get started forging knives in your own home. Through his step-by-step video classes, you will learn how to set up a small forge and make a blacksmith's knife using only hand tools. The blade and the handle are both made from one piece of steel so you will learn a wide variety of forging techniques. This introductory course does not require any prior experience, just a bit of will-power. It will equip you with the techniques, skills and confidence to finally start heating up metal and shaping it with a hammer.

Meet your new teacher

Owen has been one of the world's leading bladesmiths for nearly a quarter of a century. Known for his expertise in reproducing complex Viking and Saxon swords and knives, he still enjoys creating simple pieces too. His passion for the craft is deeply rooted in his fascination for the human condition and our need to make things with our hands. He's particularly interested in the blades of the Viking and Saxon era and much of his work consists of making museum quality Viking and Saxon swords seaxes, axes and knives -
Meet Owen Bush

What's included in the course?

This course has been specially produced by our team of BAFTA and EMMY-winning filmmakers

Set up a basic forge

Learn how to safely set up a basic forge and small anvil in your back yard.

Get the right tools

You won't need many tools and some you will already have. Owen will show you the best affordable setup.

Forge the blade and handle

Learn to forge the variety of complex shapes that make up this piece, including the curved blade and scrolled, ergonomic handle.

Shape the bevels

After forging the blade, you'll learn to grind the bevels using hand tools.

Heat treat the knife

Learn how to normalise, quench and temper the blade to give it the perfect combination of hardness and toughness. This means it will hold an edge but won't be brittle.

Sharpen the blade

Learn how to put a perfect, razor-sharp edge on the blade.



An Introduction to Bladesmithing - The Blacksmith's Knife.

Learn to heat up steel and shape it into beautiful knives in your own back yard. The definitive guide by master bladesmith Owen Bush.

Course FAQs

When does the course start?

The course is online and you can access it at your own pace whenever you like.

How do I watch the course?

You can watch the course online through any browser. If you're on your mobile or tablet you can also watch it via our app, which is called Teachable.

How long do I have access for?

When you buy one of our courses you get lifetime access from any device you own!

Can I take the course if I live outside the UK?

Yes! Our courses are available globally.

What if I'm unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase in any way, contact us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.

Are materials and tools included?

No, but all of our courses are designed to be done with affordable tools, many of which you'll already have knocking around in your shed. Our courses come with extensive course notes which will show you how to get everything you need with a couple of clicks.