• The Blacksmith's Knife (Course Only)

    The definitive guide to forging steel into beautiful knives in your own back yard.


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.

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

What's included in this course?

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.

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

Why take up knifemaking?

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?

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Lesson plan


The Blacksmith Knife Course – £57

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.

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.