Winterborn Blades – Passion Forged Blades
Winterborn Blades, located in Toronto, is the brainchild of bladesmith Steve Karakostas. This isn’t just a shop; it’s a craftsman’s dream where each sword or knife is a unique masterpiece. Made from high-quality materials, these blades are not just sharp; they’re durable and well-balanced too.
Whether you’re a collector, an adventurer, or someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, Winterborn offers custom swords and knives that are truly one-of-a-kind. Plus, if you’ve got a blade project in mind, Steve is all ears!
About The Winterborn Bladesmith
Meet Steve Karakostas, the heart and soul behind Winterborn Blades. Steve’s love for blades isn’t just a hobby; it’s a lifelong passion rooted in Greek mythology and medieval fantasy.
His mom ignited this love by sharing stories of ancient Greek warriors, making the sword a symbol of hope and honor for him. Steve’s not a desk guy; he thrives on crafting, especially with Canadian-made materials.
Inspired by renowned bladesmiths, he’s committed to quality over quantity. Oh, and why “Winterborn”? He was born in winter and crafted his first blade then too.
Learn The Bladesmith Craft – The Winterborn Way
Are you ready to unleash your inner bladesmith? Look no further than Winterborn Blades’ Bladesmith Training Courses. Located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, these courses are your gateway to mastering the ancient and awe-inspiring craft of bladesmithing.
Taught by the seasoned bladesmith Steve Karakostas, these courses are designed to accelerate your skills, whether you’re a beginner or have some experience under your belt.
1-Day Knife Crafting Course
Priced at CA$500, this course is perfect for those who are short on time but big on enthusiasm. You’ll choose from three different pre-heat-treated knife blanks and learn all the steps to finish it. The course is limited to two students, making it a personalized experience. If you’re 18 or older, or 10+ when accompanied by an adult, you’re good to go! You’ll spend 8 hours learning about high carbon steel, different types of grinds, and how to construct a handle, among other things.
2-Day Knife Crafting Course
For those who want to delve deeper, the 2-Day course at CA$800 is your pick. Limited to two students, you’ll learn to forge a knife up to 8-13” using 1/4” thick 80CRV2 high carbon steel. Heat treating and forging a knife to a rough shape are part of the curriculum.
5-Day Sword Course
Ah, the pièce de résistance! Priced at CA$1,800, this course is for those who dream big. Learn to make a fully functional European longsword using 1/4″ thick 80CRV2 high carbon steel.
This course is a comprehensive guide to sword making, covering everything from proportions and balance to blade geometry and finishing.
What’s more, you don’t have to worry about equipment; it’s all provided! Just make sure to wear leather or steel-toe boots. And if you’re wondering about food and accommodation, while they’re not included, the facility is conveniently located near hotels and restaurants.
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