Training course in cutlery forging
The course last six weeks (210 hours) and is open to all public. At the end of course you are able to practice forging as a hobby but you can also apply as a professional cutlery smith. You can also set up your own workshop.
Cutlery smithing is the first link in the chain of iron-work and probably one of most ancient trades. The cutlery craftsman has been making tools and more specifically cutting tools for over 3500 years. Tool-making is one of the noblest crafts and played a prominent part in the evolution of mankind. Over the time, the craft has reached a high degree of refiment, without under going any fondamental changes.
The smith works in the dusty forge, amidst the bluish sparks, going back and from the anvil to the fire. After quite a number of heat treatments and regular and precise striking, the metal bar is eventually turned into knives, axes, billhooks and other edge-tools.
The transformation process requires swiftness and method. You must constantly check your fire till it turns white-hot. The metal has to be heated to the right temperature for each operation. You keep a sharp eye on the colour of the metal which tells you when it is the right moment to work on it. Then the tilt-hammer comes into action.
The piece on metal is then struck, drawn out, hammered flat, upset until is slowly takes its definite shape. A piece of metal cools down very rapidly. So it has to be heated up as many times as necessary.
The drop-hammer is used to give the gross shape then the piece is worked with a hammer on the anvil especially if the final shaping requires other specific tool such as chucks drift, bradawls to pierce cases, blades to slit or cut and so forth.
Once the last stroke of hammer is given, the heated piece hardens under the thermic shock of quenching. Different techniques can be used : oil, water or urine. Every blacksmith has his own technique which a way signs his name.
Then comes the final stage of finishing the tool.
Tool-making follows the rules of a ritual which is repeated over and over again and each gesture, passed on from generation to another, is representative of craftsmanship brought to excellence throughout centuries.
Even if today industrial forges have taken over those skilis and know-how,using pressing machines and tilt- hammers,man's gesture is still irreplaceable in the making of numerous object.
We can adjust your training to your financial and personal situation .Vou can spread the different units of your course across time depending on the time you can devote to your training
You can also select some units only