Basic Bladesmithing

Basic Bladesmithing
June 18 – 22, 2018

Knife grindingContinuing Education only – not for college credit
This class will cover the forging and grinding of both full and hidden tang blades to shape. We will cover steel selection, tool considerations, different forging approaches, several heat treating techniques, and basic finishing techniques.
Steve Rollert has been a knife maker and Damascus bladesmith for 38 years.



Tool list
Safety glasses
Respirator either dust mask or double filter (preferred)
Work apron
Baseball or other brimmed hat
Hearing protection
Welding gloves
One pair large vice grips
Hammers – cross pein, and ball pein of about 1.5 to 2.5 pound in weight
Grinding belts 2 each in 60, 220, 400 grit, zircon or ceramic recommended but aluminum oxide is acceptable, but will not wear as long, size: 2 inch by 72 inch in length.
Please bring a refillable water bottle since we will be working around hot forges and in June weather.
Steel is provided by the instructor.