Largest Knifemaking Workshop?

Jason Fry

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What is the largest knifemaking workshop you've ever attended or heard of where each student left with a completed knife?

I know there have been some giant hammer-ins, etc. I'm specifically interested in classes where knives were completed.

Texas Knifemakers Guild and Tarleton State University just completed a workshop where 32 students and 10 instructors running 12 2x72 grinders completed 42 knives in three days, stock removal from bar stock.
 
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with handles? i did the ABS intro class in texarkana and we all made a handful of knives and all 10 of us each made one handled test knife but it was a two week intensive course
 

Jason Fry

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Pics or it didn't happen :) We had a few students leave with their knives before we were able to get the group pictures, but you get the idea.

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That's a bunch of grinders! I think I live in the wrong part of the country for a knife maker because it looks like Texas is the place to be!
 
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bark rive knife and tool does them (stock removal ) jerzy devils send a hell of a group up there evey year and i knwo they have other workshops over the year
 

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I just talked to Mike at Bark River. He said they had 90 students, 45 "staff" and 10 experienced knifemakers at their largest event. All made a knife, but roughly 2/3 of them started with a ground blank and the other 1/3 started with a bar of steel that was already hardened. He said as far as he knows, we have the record for start to finish full customs.
 
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I just talked to Mike at Bark River. He said they had 90 students, 45 "staff" and 10 experienced knifemakers at their largest event. All made a knife, but roughly 2/3 of them started with a ground blank and the other 1/3 started with a bar of steel that was already hardened. He said as far as he knows, we have the record for start to finish full customs.

ron keeps askig me to make the trip and one of these days i guess i ll have to
 
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If I saw this in my shop both the instructor and student would be out the door until we had a little talk.

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Jason Fry

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If I saw this in my shop both the instructor and student would be out the door until we had a little talk.

I assume you're talking about the dangling lanyard nametags. Me and my group took ours off as soon as we entered the shop. I still don't know their names.
 

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I assume you're talking about the dangling lanyard nametags. Me and my group took ours off as soon as we entered the shop. I still don't know their names.

And the long sleeves.
 

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Ozark Knife Makers has a fairly good size school set up. When I taught a couple classes there seem we had 10-12 students.
 

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I was thinking of Tom at Ozark Knifemakers too Don. They have a pretty nice facility. I'm going there next summer.

I've been to the Bark River event several times. Once there were about 55 people and they all made a unique custom knife from scratch BUT most of them did start with a bar of steel already hardened. But it was just a rectangle...not shaped at all yet.
 
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