‘To forge out a knife from a discoloured piece of rectangular metal at the start, to a fully usable knife at the end, was amazing!’
Ever wanted to have a go at blacksmithing or knife making? Join in for a whole day activity – forging a knife from raw steel to a blade you will treasure forever. Using the traditional blacksmith tool kit of forge, hammer and anvil, you first forge and shape the blade. Once forged, a little tidying up with the file or grinder can be done prior to heat treating and attaching your handle. There is nothing quite like a knife you have made yourself, whether for outdoor use or in the kitchen. During the day you will forge a blade the way it has been done through the ages. Their step by step instructions will give you a wonderful sense of accomplishment at the conclusion of your day. ‘Make a Knife’ is situated at Higgins Park, just outside the village of Wakefield. As part of the ‘Make a Knife’ activity, you are welcome to make the most of the facilities at Higgins Park- explore their several small museums and more.