Forge knife 201 course – Forge Knife-making course

My knife-making course is unique as it consists of 2 parts to ensure maximum knowledge transfer:

  • Part 1 (2days)
  • With Hammer, Heat, grinder and steel, you create a really great forged knife (Harry Wolhuter Lion killer)
  • You are however not alone! You do some parts, I assist you with some parts
  • You leave with a quality knife that will serve as a template for part 2
  • You will:
  • Forge the rough shape from 5160 carbon steel (leaf springs)
  • Learn how to profile and rough grind the blade
  • The basics of the heat treat and hardening process
  • Final grind, handle fitting, completing the knife
  • Please note: Sheath making is not part of this course
  • The course price below is for part 1 only


  • Part 2 (optional and there is no time limit)
  • You return to the shop, to create your own version of the knife we created in part 1 (please note, no other designs)
  • But this time you do it all yourself
  • I will be in the shop to answer questions, but this one is ALL YOU
  • For this part you need to start “tooling up”
  • You need to bring
  • Your own safety gear
  • Own steel (5160)
  • Own handle material (scales)
  • Own grinding belts (I will advise)
  • Pins & Epoxy
  • It does not matter if it comes out as a perfect knife or a monster, it will be the first knife you create!
  • The combination of these 2 parts, will give you the basic skills required to continue knife-making as a hobby.
  • Price R1850.00 per person, T&C apply.

Price excludes shipping.

Contact details:

E-mail: Jean@fire-goby-forge

Tel: 083 654 5408 (Marketing & Sales)

Tel: 061 371 6132 (personal but not always available)




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Knife Maker Bio

Good day name is Jean Wilke and knife making is in my blood!

I am the first scholar to be admitted into both the Cape Knifemaker’s Guild and the Knifemaker’s Guild of Southern Africa. I have been a full-time knifemaker since December 2020 (the day after finishing matric) and enjoying every moment of it. Below is my story…

I started making knives in May 2016, on my 14th birthday, after watching the first episode of the first season of Forged in Fire. I did a ½ day blacksmith course with Dennis Kriel in Pretoria. More courses with Ettienne Vorster and Neels van den Berg followed.

January 2018, as a wide-eyed 15year old, I did my 2-week ABS Introduction to BladeSmithing with Kevin & Heather Harvey, and this kicked my career into high gear. This was followed by evenings, weekends, and holidays in my own, rapidly evolving shop, where my skills were honed. Hard work, wonderful opportunities, and more blessings that I can ever deserve brought me to where I am today.

As for the future…

I hope to travel to the USA and obtain my ABS Journeyman rating in July, but for that I will need EVEN more blessings, hard work and good luck.