• How to Shape Steel with an Angle Grinder (Course Only)


About this course

Have you always wanted to make your own knife to take with you into the woods? In this free video class, master bladesmith Owen Bush shows you how to set up an angle grinder and start shaping knives with it in your back yard.The angle grinder is the most important and accessible tool for a beginner knifemaker. They cost as little as £30 and with the right instruction they're easy and safe to use at home. This course is part of our larger premium course -The Woodman's Knife.

Here's a preview of what you'll learn to make:

What's included in this course?

This course has been specially produced by our team of BAFTA and EMMY-winning filmmakers.
You'll learn to:







Meet your teacher

Owen has been one of the world's leading bladesmiths for nearly a quarter of a century. 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 - www.owenbush.co.uk

Meet Owen Bush:

What our students are saying

'This course was awesome, I ended up doing the full Viking knife course and making my first knife... I now use it for my wood carving.'

Andrew T.

"I'd always wanted to make a knife to take camping and to eventually make as gifts for family members. I never realised how accessible knifemaking was until I did this course."

Levi F.

Why take up knife making?

Taking up blade-smithing is an immensely empowering experience. Early Blacksmiths created tools, weapons, shoes for horses and blades for ploughs. They commanded respect because they were able to create and manipulate iron and steel, the most powerful and useful material in existence. If you are practical and enjoy being outdoors and building things, bladesmithing could be perfect for you. It requires skill and tenacity, but it’s hugely satisfying. There’s been a huge surge of interest in forging in the last few years, but there are still very few good online resources on how to get started with forging at home. This course is designed to give you the expert knowledge you need to approach forging in a practical and affordable way. Doing a project like this might seem daunting, but most people with a bit of outdoor space can do it. You can buy this course from anywhere in the world and you'll have lifetime access to it from any device.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn to make their first knife at home. The knife you will make is very sturdy and ideal for taking on camping trips or for carving and splitting wood.

What do you need?

You don't need any prior experience to do this course. The main tool you will need is an angle grinder which you can buy from any hardware store for as little as £30. You will also need safety goggles, a mask, gloves, earplugs and a few other very basic tools.

Lesson plan


How to Shape Steel with an Angle Grinder (Course Only) – Free

Course FAQs

When does the course start?


Our courses are online and you can access them at your own pace whenever you like.

How do I watch the course?


You can watch our courses online through any browser. If you're on your mobile or tablet you can also watch them 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?


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. Our courses come with extensive course notes which will show you how to get everything you need with a couple of clicks.

Give this course as a gift

In order to gift one of our courses, simply buy the course yourself, then email us at hello@myown2hands.co to let us know the purchase is a gift. We'll send you a unique coupon code and access instructions that you can send on to your loved one.