Damascus Bowie by noted ABS Mastersmith Ray Rybar. Ray is well known for his beautiful "Bible Blades". His attention to detail and workmanship is unparalleled with this beautiful piece.

Knife Making Classes

Pieh Tool offers periodic bladesmith classes with Ray Rybar in Camp Verde, Arizona. Classes are geared toward beginner to intermediate skill levels. Blacksmithing experience is recommended. Consider taking our beginning blacksmith class first.

*Starting September 22, 2011 all students enrolled in our classes may take advantage of store wide 10% discount on merchandise purchases made during the class session.

Exclusions: Power or Treadle Hammers, Fly Presses, Milwaukee Electric Power Tools, Jet Machinery & Equipment, Johnson Furnaces, Wilton equipment or any of the aforementioned accessories. Also excludes Classes, Gift Certificates and Sale items.

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Ray began forging blades in 1972 and joined the American Bladesmith Association in 1986. In 2001 he attained the coveted status of ABS Master. Ray works almost exclusively with patterned steel and enjoys crafting all types of knives. His favorites are long bladed and are frequently decorated with biblical passages. Ray, a contributor to Blade Magazine and a nationally known instructor.  You can visit Ray's personal website at www.rybarknives.com.

Take this rare opportunity to learn from a true artist and master craftsman!

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Knife Making Class

Pieh Tool

His course will emphasize the use of hand tools in the knife making process and will fit one handle; and if time permits, guards and ferrules. Each student will forge and finish at least one knife blade from a coil spring. His course covers proper fire procedures, blade forging of a stick and full tang and the integral bolster.

This is a hands-on course but there will be a lecture on the structure and composition of the blade material. Decorative etching, file work, mosaic and damascus will also be discussed. 

Knife Making class in Arizona with Ray Rybar.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 7 AM - 6 PM (1 Hour Lunch)
    Basic techniques of knife making
    How to forge from a coil spring
    Heat treating and tempering
    How to grind and shape a knife style of your choice
    How to shape and fit handle material of your choice
    How to rivet the handle
    About what it takes to do decorative etching, file work, mosaic and damascus
    About what it takes to make a sheath for your knife
    About the structure and composition of blade materials


  • Propane forges, a coal forge, anvils and vises

  • Swage blocks

  • Sahinler Power Hammer

  • TW90 Grinder, Baldor Grinder/Sander

  • Chop Saw

  • Band Saw

  • Angle Grinders

  • "The Mark" In-line Treadle Hammer with Power Pack
    lots of tools

    You will forge, grind, heat treat and finish one knife complete with handle.

Level is Beginner/Intermediate. Class size is limited to 6. If class is full we will contact you to see if another date will work for you.