2023-04-22 - Hand-Forging Norwegian Laminated Knife Blades (Offsite Location)



Saturday, April 22-Sunday, April 23 (9:00 am-Noon, 1:00-5:00 pm MT)


Kjetil “KJ” Groven

This is an in-person class hosted offsite in Black Hills, South Dakota.


Here is your chance to stock up on laminated blades for the winter knifemaking season. We will look at different ways to forge traditional Norwegian laminated knife blades. This is also the same way you make Damascus blades, so you will learn that for free! You will be able to forge several blades for your collection in this class. We will look at different steels and heat-treating techniques, from old ways to modern. Finally, we will look at different ways to grind and finish the blades.


Level of Instruction:

All levels


The forging area is not heated other than from the forge. October could bring colder weather, so be prepared. Average temps for October are high 52 and low 23.

There is power, running water, and an outhouse at the shop, if anyone wants to bring a camper or tent you are more than welcome to do so.

  • Safety glasses
  • Leather boots or shoes
  • Leather gloves
  • Leather or heavy canvas apron (“optional”). Wear old clothes and preferably cotton, no synthetics
  • Long work pants – cotton 
  • You can bring your forging tools if you like, you only need a hammer. If you want to bring your anvil, please do.

Materials fee to Kjetil “KJ” Groven: $115 - includes metal, grinding belts, propane, and coal.

Enrollment Deadline: 

March 31, 2023

Learn more about instructor  K.J. Groven here.


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