Ultimate Knife Making Classes

This is your opportunity to make a knife with professional instruction and high-quality materials.  Who needs to watch “Forged in Fire” when you can learn to do it yourself?

Together Vans Blacksmithing and Kingsley Armoury have created five unique opportunities to build your own custom knives from scratch. If you like watching Forged in Fire then you will love a class like this. If you are a Martial Artist then you should learn to make the weapons you train with. Lastly, if you are a professional chef, there is no better way to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your knife than by making it yourself.

The Courses have a basic fee of $600/student (plus HST).   To sign up go here and click “Limited Edition Knife Making”.  Pick the course, and pay the man Van.  Make sure you take a moment to read the course waiver and preparation documents.

The Meat and Potatoes

Classes run from 0900 to 1530 or when the work is done (whichever is earlier).  All safety gear, tools, consumables, and materials are included.  Just pick a project, pay the money and show up dressed to work.  Oh, and pack a lunch and fluids (non-alcoholic, of course).  This is hard work.  If you have any allergies that are relevant to the course be sure to tell us ahead of time.

Please note the following Illustrations are examples and while we have confidence our students will make great products, they may not look like the featured images.

Seax (June 23 – 24, 2018)
***Cancelled***  This course will be rescheduled or can be provided on request to groups of 2+

The Viking seax is a very large fighting knife which most warriors would have carried.   This beast will boast a 15” blade and 5” handle.

  • Full tang. Students will be mounting wood or horn scales on the tang.
  • Students will be constructing a sheath to house the blade. They will have opportunities to finish the scabbard with different findings and mounting options (scout, cross-draw, right or left hang)


Primitive Bowie (July 21-22, 2018)

This classic American knife is a total of 18” long.  It boasts a 12” blade that is 2.5” wide.

  • Students will be:
    • Mounting the brass back plate
    • Creating a fingerguard
    • Making a custom pommel
  • Contrary to the image above, we will be building a pin-tanged knife. Meaning, the handle will be built out of stacked materials (wood or leather) with a thin tang inside.  The end of the tang is threaded and students will be mounting the pommel that they will be making.
  • Students will construct a left or right hanging sheath with a leg strap to tie the knife down.


8” Chef Knife (August 18-19, 2018)

The master tool of every chef and home cook is their knife.  Students will construct a chef knife with a 5” handle and 8” blade.

  • Full tang for maximum strength
  • Wood scales will be shaped to the hand of the maker for maximum comfort
  • Leather oiled sheath for storage


15” Jungle Bowie / Bolo Crossover (September 22-23, 2018)

One of the ultimate outdoorsman knives the Jungle Bowie can be used for fine and coarse work.  This 12” blade can be used to chop down trees for shelter construction, skin a rabbit, split kindling or pick out a splinter.

  • Robust spine and hardened edge this blade is durable and profound.
  • Full tanged handle
  • Students will have an opportunity to mount compressed resin or wood scales with a lanyard eyelet.
  • Dual hang sheath with scout loop for the back of the belt mounting.
  • Fingerguard (optional)


10” Medieval Dagger (October 27-28, 2018)

Many duels came down to a good dagger.  Swords wouldn’t easily penetrate armour and after a few minutes, most warriors were gassed out.  But the 10” dagger…well that was the ticket to touching your enemy’s heart.  Long enough for a fatal thrust from most parts of the torso, thin enough to slip in between plates, and strong enough to part maille rings, these weapons were murderous in a trained warriors hands.

  • Hidden tang
  • Handle will be made of stacked wood with leather or metal dividers.
  • Students will make their own pommel
  • Hanging sheath for a frog mount or belt hang.
  • Fingerguard (optional)
  • Pommel (optional)

Prime Rib and Poutine

  • For an additional $50 per student (pre-order and type selection required)
    • Premium scales can be included in the available inventory.  The specific wood is subject to availability but it will likely include: Cocobolo, Olive, Burled Maple, Purple Heartwood, Ebony, Walnut, Buffalo Horn, or Moose Antler.  Deer Antler points for hidden tang or scale for full tang may be available as well upon specific request.
  • For an additional $25 per student (pre-order required)
    • Premium Knife Mosaic pins.  If chosen a selection will be available on hand.
  • For $75 extra any of these projects can be upgraded to Damascus style layered steel.
    • The billets are handmade by Josh himself

Scabbard versus Sheath

Sheaths are leather cases designed to carry and protect a knife.  Sheaths will be pre-cut and ready to stain.  The student will stain them with a selection of colours or oil treatments.

For $40 the sheath can be constructed on-site for them.  The sheaths will be simple as there are no facilities or time to accommodate leather tooling. Upgraded sheaths can be commisioned after the fact for a fee.

Scabbards are hard cases to carry blades, usually with a wood core, protective lining and optionally covered with leather.  For the additional fee of $50, students can pre-arrange to build a scabbard for their blade..

  • They will get to choose a wood that matches the category of handle material they chose or choose to sew on a leather covering.
  • They will get to choose to attach a belt loop or make the knife carryable by a frog.

Alternatively, the scabbard can be custom ordered after the fact for a discounted fee.  The fee will commiserate with the options chosen and details requested.