Sword Making for Two

Work together to forge a unique sword, adding your own flair and style!

Whether you are fulfilling a bucket list dream to share with your partner/friend or spoiling your children rotten with this two-day experience package, our team of expert blacksmiths will guide and support you in crafting your very own bespoke sword.

£420.00

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Two people making one sword during two full-day sessions
Two Days
couples /
Child friendly, 7+
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What you’ll do
over two days

1

When you arrive

On arrival, you’ll be signed in and introduced to the smith who will talk through the course step-by-step and help you select which design you would like to make. We’ll discuss what you want to achieve for the day before providing you with protective equipment and a safety briefing.

2

Firing up the forge

The forge will have been lit and heating up before you arrive, so it’s ready to go! You will get an introduction on how to control and maintain the fire of the forge to a forging heat.


3

Forging the Blade

First, you will be forging the blade, you will begin by forging the tang with processes such as set downs, squaring and tapering. Then to the business end of the sword, you will forge the taper onto the blade. You can then choose to forge a sword fuller, a fuller is designed to provide stiffness for a blade. You’ll then bevel the blade, and it’s onto the pommel and cross guard.

4

Forging the Pommel and Crossguard

The pommel is the counterweight to balance the sword. In forging the pommel, you will be shaping steel using formers and hammers to decorate the pommel. For the crossguard, you will punch a hole in the crossguard, then use a process called drifting to fit the crossguard to the tang. You’ll then begin to shape and decorate your crossguard through a number of processes such as tapering, rounding, splating and scrolling to give your sword extra flair.

5

Finishing

You’ll begin the finishing process in the grinding bay, using angle grinders. You will then fit the handle to the sword through a process known as a burn through, where the tang is heated and the wooden handle is then pushed onto the tang to burn away a hole that fits the tang, once the handle is fitted it is time for final assembly, and one of our smiths will fit all the components together.

6

Photo Time

It’s great fun working alongside one another and crafting something unique! Once the forging is complete, it’s time to pose for those all-important photos at our wooden stage!

GUIDELINES FOR TAKING PART

Our experience day packages are physically demanding and have the potential for minor injury. Therefore, please seek advice from your doctor or our booking team if you’re unsure.

Be sure to dress accordingly, remembering that in the colder months it can get pretty chilly inside the workshop, despite the fires! Please wear long trousers and suitable footwear.

Make sure you follow the guidance on our website and what’s sent to you ahead of the event. And always listen to the instructions of our expert team on the day.

AVAILABILITY

The Forge is open all year round, seven days a week. Our online booking system will show you the availability in real time. Please be aware that weekends should be booked well in advance!

HOW BOOKING WORKS

Our online booking system is easy to use and allows you to choose a time and date that suits you. Once confirmed, you will receive an email with all the details you need, as well as an important form to complete.

HOW PRICING WORKS

The price of this booking covers two people making one decorative sword together over two full-day sessions.

This experience is also available for solo forgers over a three-day period.

For large bookings we recommend our Decorative Sword Making experience over one day.

If you’re buying a voucher, the voucher will entitle the recipient to two full-day sessions making one decorative session with another person.

Reviews

Superb experience. Made brilliant by the passionate people who work there.

5-star experience (I didn’t stop grinning all the time I was there), made brilliant by the passionate people who work there. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The biggest […]

5-star experience (I didn’t stop grinning all the time I was there), made brilliant by the passionate people who work there. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The biggest thing that makes this a great experience is the interaction, advice, and support you get from people who clearly love what they do. A big shout out to Joe and Helen who were our main trainers/guides/mentors, but also huge thanks to Luke, Aaron, Sam, Theo, and the team.

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Great instructors; great place; great experience

My sons had a brilliant time making a sword or two and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Go there, make something using ancient skills, you’ll remember it when you’re […]

My sons had a brilliant time making a sword or two and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Go there, make something using ancient skills, you’ll remember it when you’re 90!

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Just spent two days making a sword with my son. Very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff especially Luke, Ben, and Josh. Great time and ended up with a good sword […]

Just spent two days making a sword with my son. Very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff especially Luke, Ben, and Josh. Great time and ended up with a good sword at the end. Looking to go and make an axe!!

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What an excellent couple of afternoons at the forge with my son. He has always wanted to make a sword and the staff were really enthusiastic about helping him reach […]

What an excellent couple of afternoons at the forge with my son. He has always wanted to make a sword and the staff were really enthusiastic about helping him reach his dream.

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Josh “”

Josh first discovered blacksmithing when he was on a trip to Dover Castle and saw a smith making arrowheads and fell in love with the craft. He did his initial […] Josh first discovered blacksmithing when he was on a trip to Dover Castle and saw a smith making arrowheads and fell in love with the craft. He did his initial training at Canterbury College and then his BA(HONS) in artist blacksmithing in Hereford. Josh comes from Deal in Kent and moved to Hereford and began teaching the craft at Oldfield Forge in the summer of 2022. His interests include Dungeons and Dragons and archery.

Joe “”

Joe is our Forge Manager. He has seen the business grow from a small workshop to what you see today! He has a degree in product design, but his passion […] Joe is our Forge Manager. He has seen the business grow from a small workshop to what you see today! He has a degree in product design, but his passion has always been history. Joe wanted to take the love of making things and his passion for history and smack them together… literally!

Eve “”

Eve is relatively new to blacksmithing, but fell in love with it on the first hammer swing! She originally trained as an artistic welder and caster in Florida and loved […] Eve is relatively new to blacksmithing, but fell in love with it on the first hammer swing! She originally trained as an artistic welder and caster in Florida and loved making art that she can’t break with her own clumsiness.

Aaron “Tiny Aaron “

Aaron started by dabbling in farriery after getting bored at his old desk job and found out that he was pretty good at it. Even years later he doesn’t regret […] Aaron started by dabbling in farriery after getting bored at his old desk job and found out that he was pretty good at it. Even years later he doesn’t regret a thing. His favorite part about the job is being able to express himself artistically and smashing hot steel.