knife making course

Knife-making course in Cornwall UK.

Knife (and other sharp tools) making course, in Cornwall UK.

Make your own knife, no prior experience is required. You can also learn on build your own spoon carving knife, fire starter steel or cut throat razor, to save the traditional way.

Using basic tools, scrap metal and very hot fire, you will learn how to build knives, or other sharp tools.

You will learn: basic design, materials, metal manipulation, hand grinding or using a belt sander, heat treatment, bolster fitting, handle materials and fitting, polishing, hatching your logo on the blade  and sharpening  the knife.

I currently offer two knife making courses. One and a half day course to build a bush-craft type knife and a one day course for more simple all steel knife.

Course will take place in my small workshop near St Mawes in Cornwall UK.

Course syllabus is not set in stone and can be individually adjusted to your own wishes.

In the summer I can offer a basic accommodation in a tipi tent, if you come from far away.


Up to two people on a course.

For more details, contact Ronen Burstein



15 thoughts on “Knife-making course in Cornwall UK.”

  1. I really enjoyed my recent knife making course so much that I have booked another one!
    Ronen is a wonderful, patient and very skilled craft teacher who has piqued my interest in forging metal and knife making to a point where I want to keep perusing this historic craft.
    His coffee’s pretty good as well!

  2. Hello,

    I am looking to send my partner and dad on a Knife making course in the near future, can you please let me know course price and availability and whether the pictures of the knifes shown on this page are made in a 1 or 2 day course?

    Thank you and kind regards,


  3. Ronan was a great and talented teacher and was very keen to convey his knowledge and skills. The course was excellent value.

    I was very pleased with my finished knife and would highly recommend Ronan’s course.

    I now want a forge!

  4. Had a great two day course with Ronen set in a idyllic location in the Cornish countryside. Fantastic value for money and you come away with a great knife Ronen will help you every step of the way. I had no experience at making knife blades and managed to make a lovely knife with help. Try something new and book a course

  5. My knife making course was a Christmas gift from my family. I had no prior experience of blade smithing.
    The moment you enter Ronen’s workshops you’ll see that he is a talented craftsman. Ronen’s approach is relaxed but attentive allowing you to fully experience every aspect of hand forging your knife. I cannot recommend this experience enough and it’s excellent value for money. Be prepared for long days but be assured his Turkish style coffee will keep you going.

  6. We did the Bushcraft Knife course recently and really enjoyed the experience. Thought it was nice that Ronen allowed by partner free run of what he making and he was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Lunch was lovely! We particularly enjoyed the setting and thought the surroundings were beautiful. So many pheasants!! It was quite cold in January in the workshop but regular cups of tea were most welcome! Great course for anyone who wants to forge their very own knife and handle completely from scratch.

  7. My son thoroughly enjoyed making his knife- great thing to do the day before he turned 15. He is also now a Turkish coffee addict!

  8. Hi ron am interested in booking this with you, there are 2 of us ,
    We will be in cornwall all of Sunday and Sunday morning, is this e tough time for us to make the knives, also how much is it and where .

  9. It was a really fun course and Ronen was very accommodating when the course was disrupted due to snow. The knife I made came out really nicely and during the course I picked up lots of ideas on setting up my own knifemaking workshop.

  10. Just completed Ronan’s knife and sheath making course over three days. It was really great, and I feel I need a bit of time now to digest all of the information. For anyone wanting to learn how to make your own knife or sheath then you can’t beat this value! Thanks again, Sam

  11. My partner and I did a bush craft knife course yesterday as my 30th birthday present. From the min we arrived to the moment we left Ronen made us feel welcome and we enjoyed every minute of it..
    Not only did we get hands on forging experience, which was fantastic but we had chance to do so some grinding, sanding, sharpening and create our own logos..
    We then joined Ronen for a lovely lunch at his home, all provided for us..
    Ronen is a great guy with so much knowledge and he is more than willing to share this.. A real craftsman. Oh and very patient.
    Unfortunately we could only do a 1 day course due to childcare issues but he was more than willing to cram as much as he could into the day..
    We love our knife and feel very proud of what we achieved in just one day.

    Thank you Ronen. We will be back 🙂

  12. Our son Rowan had a great weekend making his knife. He learnt so much and he is now the proud owner of his own small forge and has made a few knives, using the skills you taught him. Thank you so much. Would recommend to all

  13. Even as I sit here and type, I am tempted to go into the kitchen, and just look at the beautiful knife I made with Ronen. The course was an inspired birthday gift from my wife, and the whole experience was an adventure; arriving at the house, workshop and gardens that seem to be at the end of the world, seeing the incredible craftsmanship Ronen has employed making his knives (and many other things) and learning such a huge amount during a long day that seems to pass in an instant. This course is more than just making a knife, Ronen is teaching the foundations of knife making without having to make a huge investment in equipment, and he gives the benefit of many years of experience that will help a beginner to avoid some of the potential pitfalls. It was a pleasure to spend time in his company, and I can’t wait to do it all again!

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