Knives call to us in a way that few objects can; they are an integral part of our daily lives and have been so for thousands of years. To hand craft your own knife is something special. This five day class is an introduction to the hand forging and finishing of knives. Students will explore the use of fire and hammer to shape high carbon steel. These same techniques can be used to craft any item with an edge from draw knives to swords. Students will forge blades, further refine these blades by grinding and polishing, then heat treat, fit the handle and sharpen these blades. Matthew will discuss the basics of metallurgy as it applies to knives. Special attention will be paid to the basics of good knife design and construction, including the advantages and disadvantages of each of the main methods of construction. Matthew will also cover the science and geometry of cutting edges. Students can expect to finish at least 1-2 blades during the class, and take away the skills to make many more. This experience is the perfect primer for student wishing to make knives as a hobby, but is equally well suited to those wishing only to craft a single blade for the experience.