Introduction to Knife Making

at Craftsman Ave - Gowanus

Course Details
$265 1 seat left
Start Date:

Sun, Nov 24, 1:00pm - Dec 01, 5:00pm (2 sessions)

Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Liam Kaufer

What you'll learn in this metal working class:

This workshop focuses on teaching basic knife making skills in two sessions. In the first session, the student will shape a piece of metal stock into a knife blank, file a bezel for and drill holes in the blank, before heat-treating and quenching the blade. 

This workshop will focus on learning the properties of steel, and applying these properties to the knife the student is making. The second session would focus on the finishing and aesthetics of the knife. The student would choose a grip style, wood type, and spend the session working the grip into the most comfortable shape and polishing the blade.

What you will learn
Most of the skills taught in this class are entry-level, and will easily be retained. The class, in two parts, teaches the student first about the properties of steel and how to work with it, opening the door to more advanced metalworking classes. 

The class also teaches the basics of design with respect to functionality – every student wants their knife to not only look excellent but also be a reliable tool for any occasion.

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Refund Policy
Notify us 48 hours in advance of the class to cancel or reschedule.

If you miss your appointment, cancel or change your appointment with less than 48 hours notice, you will not be entitled to any refund or rescheduling possibilities.

This policy is in place out of respect for our artists and other paying customers.

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice are difficult to fill. By giving last minute notice or no notice at all, you prevent someone else from being able to schedule into that time slot.


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Take the F, G or R train to 4 Ave – 9th St station. Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 5:00pm Liam Kaufer 2 $265
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Dec 01 1:00pm - 5:00pm Liam Kaufer

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Questions & Answers (4)

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Question from Anonymous
Do you get to keep the knife?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
HI there! Yes, the students get to take their knife home.
Question from anonymous
Hi can you offer more information about the teacher?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Regarding the instructor Liam, after spending 4 years apprenticing with welders, blacksmiths, and motorcycle mechanics, Liam brings his metalworking knowledge to Brooklyn, hoping to help others create things that are both beautiful and practical. He hopes to one day design and builds rocket engines. Additionally, he is studying aerospace engineering at NYU.
Answer from Dani
I just took the course with Liam and thought he did an incredible job of making complex topics accessible. He is clearly passionate about this kind of work and is very approachable.
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Question from anonymous
Hey, I am interested in taking the intro to knife making class. I cannot do the December class. When will you offer the January class online so I can enroll? There will be 2 or 3 of us interested. Thanks. -Mike
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Mike! The course is only available on the published dates and times. We really can't say when will it be offered again. But if you like, you may save this class on your wishlist so you'll be automatically notified when we add new dates.
Question from Luca
Could you make chef a chef knife in this class?
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Reviews of Classes at Craftsman Ave (252)

(252 Reviews)
Introduction to Knife Making
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/24/2019
Great class and great instructor. If you like to learn and create then this is a great class for you. I recommend thinking about the type of knife you want to make. Look up examples. Try not to get too complex if this is your first go at it. The class size being 6 people is a good amount where you don't have to wait too long on machines. Complimentary water bottles are a nice touch.
Introduction to Knife Making
Reviewed by Gary L. on 5/6/2019
Great experience! Nothing to be intimidated about at all. Instructor was a real pleasant fellow and very approachable. He made it very easy to learn and follow along all the steps towards crafting your own handmade knife. Highly recommend......
Introduction to Knife Making
Reviewed by Robert M. on 4/1/2019
The teacher was great and we were able to complete our knives. It would have been good to have a few more working spaces, but otherwise I had a great experience.
Introduction to Knife Making
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/24/2018
Fun and educational class. Provided us with the materials and guidance to create our own finished blades. Only thing I would change, I wish we had the option to be apart of the heat treating process.
Introduction to Knife Making
Reviewed by Greg A. on 9/16/2018
This class was a great experience to be able to get hands on with tools I normally wouldn’t have access to. Liam was incredibly knowledgeable in the knife making process and helpful with teaching on how to get the most out of the tools we had available.
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