Create a custom knife at LLForge

Shelby, United States

Experience hosted by Mike

  1. 8 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will build a full tang knife or blade from a high carbon steel blank. Choose from a variety of pre-cut, hardened and tempered blanks. You will use a 2"X72" variable speed belt grinder to establish a primary bevel. Once the bevel is established you will use the belt grinder to polish your blade. You can choose a satin, stone wash or mirror finish for your blade. Next you will choose from a selection of handle materials (scales), ranging from exotic hardwoods, composite materials. micarta, G10 and stabilized wood to name a few. Once you decide on the handle material you will have a choice of pins, bolts and rivets to secure your scales to the tang of the blade. You will shape and form your scales to fit your grip and liking. Next you will finish your scales and prepare for assembley. When the blade is assembled you will sharpen your blade with a controlled angle sharpening system to ensure the best edge possible. Depending on the blade you have choosen and your preference you will make a sheath or scabbard from leather or kydex. You will create a high quality, fully functional knife or blade that you will be proud of and use for years to come.
Other things to note
Snacks and drinks are recommended.
You will build a full tang knife or blade from a high carbon steel blank. Choose from a variety of pre-cut, hardened and tempered blanks. You will use a 2"X72" variable speed belt grinder to establish a primary bevel. Once the bevel is established you will use the belt grinder to polish your blade. You can choose a satin, stone wash or mirror finish for your blade. Next you will choose from a selection of handle materials (scales), ranging f…

What's included

  • Drinks
  • Equipment

Meet your Host, Mike

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 24 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am a blacksmith/bladesmith with over eight years of forge experience. I was a semi-finalist on History Channel's, "Forged in Fire," season 5, episode 13, "Horseman's Axe". The success of the "Learn to Forge" experience I am now hosting has inspired me diversify and expand the hands-on crafting and learning workshops at the forge. Check out what people that have been here for my "Learn to Forge" experience have to say about thier time here at LLForge. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/723615?source=p2 Each group of guests has fueled my passion not only for my craft, but for the satisfaction I get with seeing people learn, create and enjoy blacksmithing/bladesmithing for the first time. This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity. You owe it to yourself to check it out. I look forward to seeing you at the forge.

Mike
I am a blacksmith/bladesmith with over eight years of forge experience. I was a semi-finalist on History Channel's, "Forged in Fire," season 5, episode 13, "Horseman's Axe". The success of the "Learn to Forge" experience I am now hosting has inspired me diversify and expand the hands-on crafting and learning workshops at the forge. Check out what people that have been here for my "Learn to Forge" experience have to say about thier time here at LLForge. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/72…
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From $300/ person

$300 per person
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Join 1 other guest
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Where you'll be

The experience is conducted at my forge, nestled in a quiet backwoods setting near beautiful Lake Michigan.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 24 reviews.

Amanda
November 2021
This experience was purchased for my husband’s birthday. I was surprised that only one other student was booked in the class allowing for a lot of one on one attention. Mike is very knowledgeable and a great host. From start to finish my husband loved the class. Highly recommend!
Justine
October 2021
This was such a fun and interesting experience. This trio to was a bday gift to my boyfriend and I loved it as much as he did. Mike is a great teacher, was fun, efficient with time, played damn good music while we made our knives. We made some beautuful knives there and have some great memories. A great experience even for a total beginner- well be going back again!!!
Robert
October 2021
Fantastic experience. Lots of hard work and Mike's experience makes for a great final product. Would definitely highly recommend and will do again.
Jennifer
August 2021
Mike made this experience extremely enjoyable for both my wife and I. He was relatable and made the process understandable. We felt like we had accomplished and learned something. This is a tremendous time if you have any interest at all in blacksmithing.
Cheryl
August 2021
Fabulous day spent with Mike making a knife I will keep forever. Mike takes a great deal of pride in his craftsmanship and he is a great teacher. I was given the surprise of this experience from my wife and it was the best surprise. You will leave your day wanting more and perhaps may even start this as a hobby.
Jessica
August 2021
We had a blast! We made a chef’s knife, a cleaver, a leather sheath for one, and a kydex sheath for another. Mike was a great teacher. He was easy going, funny, patient, and you could see how knowledgeable and passionate he was about smithing. We are so proud of what we made, and the experience made our trip to Michigan very unique. Would highly recommend.

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  • Sat, Dec 4
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    $300 per person
  • Sun, Dec 5
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    $300 per person
  • Sat, Dec 11
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $300 per person
  • Sun, Dec 12
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    $300 per person
  • Sat, Dec 18
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    $300 per person
  • Sun, Dec 19
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    $300 per person
  • Sat, Dec 25
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    $300 per person
  • Sun, Dec 26
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $300 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Because of the extended duration of this experience it is recommended that you bring snacks and drinks.