Blade-Smithing Series

This 3-part series includes:

Blacksmithing, Cold-Break Knives & Hand Forged Blades. 


The blacksmith's sop at Turtle Island with hot forge & anvil 1. Basic Blacksmithing: 1st Requirement 

$300 per participant

More info HERE

*If you've taken previous blacksmith classes, skip to Cold-Break Knives




2. Cold Break Knives: 2nd Requirement 

$200 (if paying w/ check/money order via postal mail)

Topics and skills addressed in this class:

Choosing the correct steel for a knife

Carbon content in steel

Making a blade from a crosscut saw

Breaking steel cold

Profiling a blade with an antique grinder

Maintenance and use of antique tools

Filing and grinding bevels



assorted cold-break knives Finishing methods for steel

Sharpening a blade

Fixing a handle from antler or wood

Mechanical and chemical locking methods

Full-tang vs hidden-tang knives

Blade profiles and their uses

Maintaining a high-carbon blade

Heat treating in a coal forge

Tempering in a coal forge 




Damascus blade close-up 3. Blade-Smithing: Final class in the 3 part series


Limited to 10 total participants. This Bladesmithing Workshop is designed for mildly experienced blacksmiths and knife-makers who have taken the Basic Blacksmithing and Cold-Break Knife Making classes. In this class we will be forging and heat treating blades in a coal forge. We will fix wooden or antler handles to the blades and finish the piece with hand sanding and filing. This workshop is for physically capable and dedicated attendees! Hard working students should walk away with a functional knife!

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How To Register:

Option 1: Pay $325 online w/ credit card using the 'Buy Now' button below - and email these forms to:




Option 2: Pay $300 w/ check or money order by Postal Mail - print and enclose these forms to:

Turtle Island Preserve

Attn. Blade Smith SeriesRogers Cabin - open air wood floor overnight shelter

2683 Little Laurel Road

Boone, NC 28607



After You've Registered:

Driving Directions

What to Bring on overnight stays

CRUCIAL Orientation Info




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