All knife making classes are scheduled and ran by Montgomery Community College.  For more information about classes or to enroll please contactMontgomery Community College.  Or call (910) 898-9600 ext. 744 for more information about classes at MCC.

North Carolina custom Knifemakers Guild

Basic knife making 101


This is a class designed to teach the proper techniques of freehand grinding, it will cover hollow grinding, flat grinding, and basic knife scale installation. It is open to all levels of experience. Student’s materials will be provided, all students will finish a fixed blade knife of the courses design. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Basic knife making 101 | 2/18 - 2/21 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $346.60


 


Intermediate Knife Making 102


This class will cover all phases of fixed blade knife construction, students will finish one knife of their design, and designs will be approved with the level of experience. All materials for the class project provided. The class will be open to all levels of experience and it is preferable that student has some knowledge of knife making or having taken Basic Knifemaking 101 helpful although not required. Students fill-finish a completed knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Intermediate knife making 102 | 3/18 - 3/21 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $346.60



Advanced Knife Making 103


This class will cover more advanced methods of custom fixed blade knife making to include advanced grinding techniques and advanced handle installation including hidden tang. All materials for the class project will be provided. Class open to all levels of experience. Some knowledge of knife making or having taken basic knife making 101 and intermediate knife making 102 helpful although not required. Students will finish a completed knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Advanced knife Making 103 | 5/20-5/23 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $356.60



Basic Folding Knife Making


This class will cover the basic design and construction of a frame lock folding knife with exposed pivots. All materials for the class will be provided. Class is open to all levels of experience. Some knowledge of knife making or other classes in knife making helpful but not required. Students will finish a completed folding knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Basic Folding Knife Making | 8/16 - 8/19 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $356.60



Advanced Folding Knife Making


This class will cover the design and construction of a knife consisting of more advanced parts including the use of hidden pivots, bolsters, and liners. The class will be open to all levels of experience. All materials will be provided for the class, some knowledge of knife making helpful but not required. Students will finish a completed folding knife. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Advanced Folding Knife Making | 10/21-10/24 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $366.60



Chef Knife Making


During this 3-day chef knife class students will be instructed on how to make a chef knife.  Topics that will be covered in class include: knife design, steel selection, heat-treating, knife grinding, blade finishing, handle selection, handle finishing, blade sharping, and the use of equipment and tools used in making a knife. Materials and supplies will be provided to make a finished Chef knife using stainless steel. Simple wood handle material will be provided, but students are welcome to bring wood of their own choosing.  Instructor: Ken Hall *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Chef Knife Making | 10/1-10/3 | THFSA | 9A-6P | $316.60




Tomahawk Forging


Forging a tomahawk is a great starter project for blacksmithing. Forging the head will introduce students to the basic practice of drawing & shaping steel as well as forge-welding and heat treating to harden the edge. Students will forge a traditional style “wrap-around” tomahawk head and will shape/ fit the handle form provided hardwood blanks. Then students will personalize & complete this “hawk” with traditional details & embellishments of their choosing. Open to all levels of experience. 

Instructor: John Hege | 10/8 - 10/10 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $316.60



Christmas Knife Making


Just in time for a great Christmas Gift! MCC is proud to present our annual tradition of the Christmas Knife class with the legendary Ed Vanhoy. In this class, you will learn how to complete a knife from scratch including how to make a custom leather sheath. Students will design, shape, heat treat, cut custom grips, hollow grind, polish, and sheath their own knives. Whether the class is a present for a loved one, a chance to make a present for a loved one, or just a present for yourself you can’t beat this annual tradition. All Materials will be provided. Instructor: Ed and Tanya VanHoy *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
Christmas Knife Making | 12/2-12/5 | THFSASU | 9A-6P | $375




 

D-Guard Bowie Knife


A “D Guard” Bowie was the traditional short sword carried by many confederate troops during the American Civil War. So-called because the closed handguard is shaped like a D, it is a large fighting Bowie featuring a blade about 16 or more inches long. While there are many manufactured versions, there are also many other versions made by local blacksmiths. Making a D Guard Bowie is a good project for someone new to bladesmithing. During the class, students will hammer out, harden and finish a blade and fashion and fit a steel guard and wooden handle. Instructor: John Hege *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
D-Guard Bowie Knife | 12/10-12/12 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $316.60

 

 














D-Guard Bowie Knife


A “D Guard” Bowie was the traditional short sword carried by many confederate troops during the American Civil War. So-called because the closed handguard is shaped like a D, it is a large fighting Bowie featuring a blade about 16 or more inches long. While there are many manufactured versions, there are also many other versions made by local blacksmiths. Making a D Guard Bowie is a good project for someone new to bladesmithing. During the class, students will hammer out, harden and finish a blade and fashion and fit a steel guard and wooden handle. Instructor: John Hege *(SS) Self-supporting. Tool List
D-Guard Bowie Knife | 12/10-12/12 | FSASU | 9A-6P | $316.60