Forging Courses

FERRUM D Gentile can offer you to share the fire of the forge and introduce you to the age old craft of making one of mankind's most utilised tools - the knife, forged in fire. Learn to make your own Pattern Welded steel ("Damascus Steel"). Forge an axe. Craft your most precious chef's knife. The courses are on an individual basis and cater to small groups of max. 4 participants.

Or is it something else you want to make? A completely hand made Samurai Sword (Katana) or how about a composite Viking Sword?

Course Offerings

Vouchers

Forging Course Vouchers can directly be ordered through my course booking website: Order Vouchers

Forging Courses

1 DAY FORGING COURSE, CARBON STEEL OR PATTERN WELDED STEEL

Basic Chef’s Knives / Utility Knives forged from good Carbon Steel or optionally from me pre-made damascus pattern welded steel. Basic handles.
max. 4 Participants
Prices per Person:
Carbon Steel CHF 350.-
Pattern Welded Steel CHF 600.-

2 DAY PATTERN WELDING COURSE

Forge your own pattern welded damascus steel from ground up and make a fantastic knife from your pattern welded steel, including a custom handle. max. 4 Participants

Price per Person: CHF 900.-

3 DAY ADVANCED PATTERN WELDING COURSE

In this three day course, you will either craft your own Knife from complex Pattern Welded Steel (composite twist patterns, mosaic, feather, etc.) or an “Integral” Chef’s Knife from random pattern welded steel.
max. 4 Participants
Price per person: CHF 1400.-

1 DAY AXE FORGING COURSE, CARBON STEEL OR PATTERN WELDED STEEL

Basic forged Axe, approx. 600grams, forged from carbon steel or from my pre-made pattern welded steel.
Standard axe handle.
max. 4 Participants
Prices per Person:
Carbon Steel: CHF 500.-
Pattern welded steel: CHF 850.-

2-DAY AXE FORGING, PATTERN WELDED, VIKING

Schmieden einer Damaszenerstahl Vikinger Axt. Schmieden Sie Ihren eigenen Damaszenerstahl und fertigen daraus eine Wikinger-Axt (z.B. nach Peterson Typ B) … Varianten mit Schneideleiste anstelle vom gefalteten Stahl möglch.
max. 4 Teilnehmer*Innen.
Kosten pro Person: CHF 1200.-

4 DAY SWORD FORGING COURSE (KATANA, EUROP. SWORDS, ...) BASIC

Forge your very own Sword during a four day course! (max. 2 Participants)

During this four day course you will forge your own basic Katana or different options from the European Sword types.
We focus on a good basic blade and will utilise standard components such as a Iaito-sword handle for the katana and other pre-made parts for the european sword mounts.
Optionally you can choose to work with Pattern Welded Damascus steel, which I have pre-forged.

Prices per Person:
Carbon Steel CHF 2900.-
Pattern Welded Steel: CHF 3400

6-DAY PATTERN WELDED DAMASCUS STEEL SWORD FORGING COURSE (KATANA, EUROP. SWORDS, ...)

Forge your very own Pattern Welded Damascus Steel Sword during a six day course! (max. 2 Participants)

During this six day course you will forge your own Pattern Welded “Damascus” Steel from scratch and forge a Katana (1000-2000 layers forge folded carbon steel, traditionally heat treated (Differential hardening)) or different options for the European Sword types up to the length of a 1-1/2-Hand sword.
  
We focus on a quality blade and will also make all the fittings by hand.

The main difference to the four day course is, that aside from forging your own pattern welded steel from scratch, you can make slightly more complex/larger swords and make all the mounts (handle, guard, etc.) by hand as well.

Price per Person: CHF 4900.-

A few impressions from my forging courses

Scheduling & Information

Courses are available from Wednesday to Sunday and run between 09:30am and 5:00pm.
You can find the current course schedule at my booking website, where you can also directly book a course:
Book courses online

Depending on the desired topic the classes can be held on an individual basis (single person or small group with max. 4 participants).

The cost for the course includes all basic Materials (excluding: various Hardwoods, Horn & special Materials as well as precious Metals) and the personal protective equipment for the duration of the class.

A few videos from the forging courses

10 day course for the making of a rather elaborate, composite pattern welded viking sword

Forging of an integral chef's knife.