Knife Handling


(1 customer review)

Spend a  day in our shelter with the team from Forestknights learning how to shape a handle for your favourite knife.


Knife handling


NB: Course price does not include a blade


This course is run in our woodland workshop in the South Downs National Park near Arundel.

Knife handling Course

Our woodland workshop

Customising a blade of your choice with a handle that suits you is very satisfying and you will have a tool that you will feel proud of using.


The first step is to select your blade. Whether it is a 2cm craft knife or 25cm camp knife happy to offer our experience choosing it. We’ll need a picture against a ruler so we can do a little preparation of scales, handle or

Blade Blanks

Blades awaiting handles

bolster as required. We will also check to see if other hardware (pins, rivets etc) will be needed.


We have a wide range of handle materials among them:


  • Yew
  • Maple
  • Ash
  • Spalted birch
  • Purpleheart
  • Massaranduba (Brazillian redwood)
  • Apple
  • Laburnum
  • Holly
  • Horn and antler for fittings


The woods available and the suitability for different handle types will vary. We can advise you when we know the blade type.

Knife Handle Examples

Handle styles

Course prerequisites:

  • We will guide you through all the stages of the process


What you need to bring

  • Blade
  • Cup
  • Lunch


We will provide:

  • Handle materials
  • Any hardware needed
  • Glue
  • All tools (if you wish to bring your own favourites please check with us that they are suitable)
  • Tea, coffee, and snacks

Course structure

  • Welcome, safety and housekeeping
  • Blade types, handle types, metals and materials.
  • Demonstration of how your handle will fit
  • Rough shaping and fitting
  • Final shaping and finishing
  • Sharpening and care


See the sheath making course which can be combined with knife making over 2 days. For course attendees there is no charge for camping in the woods. Cooked breakfast on day 2 will be provided.

Cost £95:00 per person plus a cost for materials to be agreed prior to course commencing based on the design.



13th January 2024

25th March 2024

21st April 2024

14th July 2024

26th September 2024

19th September 2024

If the dates in our calendar do not suit your busy schedule please contact us to arrange a date that suits







Additional information

Course Dates

13th January 2024, 25th March 2024, 21st April 2024, 14th July 2024, 26th September 2024, 19th September 2024

1 review for Knife Handling

  1. Matt

    David and Wayne were hugely knowledgeable and engaging, dispensing wisdom and sharing learning opportunities generously and with good humour. I left with a gorgeously handled spoon carving knife (even though I say so myself), bespoked to my own hand, completely made by me, a stack of new knowledge and two new friends.

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