Be part of Your knifes story as you design and create your own custom kitchen knife.
“If you’re looking for a different birthday gift or experience, this is it. I will treasure my knife for years to come.”
This is a busy and action-packed two-day course which takes you through the whole process from initial design to completed kitchen knife to take home.
Courses are run over a weekend with a focus on assisting individuals in the design and creation of their very own kitchen knife. Sessions are limited to only two people to ensure plenty of one to one attention and support.
Course costs and reserving a place.
The cost of our two day kitchen knife making course is set at £295 per person. This can be paid in either one or two instalments and gift vouchers can be issued on request.
These courses specifically focuses on the creation of kitchen knives and you must be at least 18 years old to take part in one of our courses.
Click on one of our upcoming course dates to check availability and reserve a space.
Check out our course reviews for what those that have attended our courses have to say about the experience.
What to expect from this course.
With a passion for teaching and over a decade of experience, Ben will guide you through this intriguing process in a way that allows you to explore the knife making process through the use of various specialist machinery and techniques. The intention for the course is for each participant to leave with a fully custom and completed knife that has been genuinely created with their own hands.
Day one (9am – 5pm)
The course begins with a focus on knife design principles. You will be guided through the process of creating your own design and producing a blueprint for your knife. Starting with a single sheet of carbon steel you will transfer your design and cut out the rough shape. Throughout the day you will become familiar with the custom knife grinding machines as you work towards achieving the correct profile for your blade. By the afternoon we will turn our attention to heat treating your finished blade, which will transform the previously soft steel into its final hardened state.
Day two (10am- 4pm)
The second session will begin with the design and then engineering the handle for your blade. You will be able to select from a range of woods and non-ferrous metals such as brass or copper to create something unique to your knife. Once your handle is securely in place, you can begin the satisfying process of shaping your handle and exposing its hidden wood grain. Finishing off with a healthy dose of oil to really bring out the grain and detail in your handle. In the afternoon, we turn our efforts towards developing the fantastic skill of hand sharpen and honing your blade.
“Ben has exactly the right balance of helping and letting you do things by yourself. This was the best short course I’ve ever done.”
What is provided and what to bring
During the course, you will be provided with all the required personal protective equipment. Please however ensure that you wear closed-toe footwear and old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.
In preparation for the course.
Once you have booked a space on your course, you can now begin to consider the type/style and length of knife that you wish to create. It will be helpful if you bring along images of knives you enjoy using as well as any images that you appeal to from online. You can also check out the Koivu Knives Instagram or Facebook page if you wish to see some of the knives that are regularly made in the studio.
To better understand what to expect on this course, you may also find it useful to read our advice on reciving the most from your course. You can access this content and more by clicking here.
Where we are and how to get here
Unless individually stated otherwise, all courses are run from our knife making studio in Walthamstow, London – E17.
The closest stations to us are St James Street (overground), then Walthamstow Central & Blackhorse late on the (Victoria line), all are within walking distance.
For those that wish to drive, our studio is based on a residential street with unrestricted parking on both Saturdays and Sundays.
“Would thoroughly recommend this course! Ben is an expert craftsman who worked closely with my friend and I to design and craft beautiful workable kitchen knives.”
Please note that while some aspects of the course may require the use of our gas forge and or welder, this two-day course does not provide an introduction into forging metal or welding. Those looking to specifically learn or develop these skills may wish to seek alternative courses.