Metal Engraving
Advanced Bowie Knife

Gain practical knife engraving experience during this course with master engraver Sam Alfano. The course will focus on adding deep relief engraving to a traditional Bowie-style knife designed by the legendary master bladesmith Harvey Dean. The oval guard, spacer, cap, and nut are all stainless steel pieces that can be removed and engraved. Students will engrave A McKenzie-esque bold scroll on one side of the guard and a classic sunburst motif from early weapons engraving on the other. The bordered edge can be engraved in a traditional running wheat and crossed ribbon or the student's preference. The spacer will provide experience working on a tighter, curved surface. If time permits, the end cap and nut may also be engraved. The finished knife will be suitable for display. Mr. Dean will provide wooden handles for the knives. Students may use their own designs or those provided for the course.

Course Info

Sam Alfano
2023 Date(s)
Knife Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type
Open, see prerequisites.


• Artwork Layout & Transfers

• Workholding

• Scrolls

• Borders

• Deep Relief

• Working on small curved surfaces

Class Project(s)

Harvey Dean Bowie Knife


Completion of a Basic Metal Engraving class or equivalant experience. Confidence in repeatable sharpening. Ability to use common gravers such as 90, 105, 120, and flats with control. Experience in working on curved surfaces. Experience with pneumatic equipment.



Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.

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