1. Meet Owen
About this course and kit
Do you want to learn to make your own woodsman's knife and have everything you need delivered to your door? In this course and kit, master bladesmith Owen Bush will show you that making knives at home is both doable and wonderfully satisfying. Let him guide you through the tricks and techniques that will allow you to finally head out into the woods with a knife you made yourself. You’ll learn how to shape a blade, how to shape and fit the handle, and finally how to sew a leather sheath. You won’t need to heat any metal to make this knife. We've specially designed this course so that you can do it all at home in your shed or garden.
Here's a preview of what you'll learn to make:
What's included in the course
You'll learn to:
Shape the Blade
Learn to shape and knife-blade using an angle grinder and hand-polish it to a mirror finish using sandpaper.
Make and Fit the Handle
The blade is only half a knife. Owen will show you how to craft and fit a wooden handle using simple tools and techniques.
Sew your Sheath
Owen will teach you how to make a bespoke leather sheath for your knife that protects the blade and completes this project (Leather kit not included).
What's included in the kit?
- Cutting and grinding disks
- Steel blank
- Handle wood
- Wood oil
- Craft leather and a full leather-working kit for making the sheath
What else will I need?
- A basic power drill
- A 4.5 inch angle grinder (available from any hardware store from just £20).
- A few basic items of safety kit.
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
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What our students are saying
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.
1. Meet Owen
2. Welcome to the course
3. Why is steel such an incredible material?
4. Tools and safety kit
5. Preparing the file - tempering
Shaping the blade - using either an angle grinder or a belt grinder
6. Cutting out the blade shape
7. Grinding the bevels with an angle grinder
8. Setting up a belt grinder
9. Grinding the bevels with a belt grinder
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!
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.
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