Forge A Memory


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Forge a custom knife made from a railroad spike in this hands-on knife manufacturing lesson. Minimum age for this is 13. We may require previous blacksmithing experience if you are under the age of 18.  All in all a very special experience.




Aspiring blacksmiths of all ages can take this lesson. You get to craft yourself a custom knife made from a horseshoe. You’ll work with a metal working expert who will help you every step of the way as you create your own unique souvenir.




Start off with a smaller knife for your first hands-on blacksmithing lesson. Learn the basics of iron forging while you create your own custom knife out of a pony shoe. A guided, small-group lesson led by an expert blacksmith will help you through every step of the process. 




For the youngest blacksmithing enthusiasts, this lesson is only for those 5-12 years old. An introduction into the world of metal working for the youngest visitors as they craft a knife from a The forging lesson is supervised by experienced blacksmiths in a safe environment.



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Our experiences are designed to give a unique, hands-on experience you won’t find most other places. Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our happy customers who might now be re-considering blacksmithing as a career choice after their experiences! 

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  • May 27, 2024
    Brad S.
    I’ve watched literally episode of Forged in Fire, many of them more than once. When I discovered that Robbie Bowman offered bladesmithing experiences, I jumped all over it. I made a spike knife, and my two sons (aged 10 and 11) made horseshoe knives. We realize that railroad spikes and horseshoes aren’t the greatest knife steel, but we were all thrilled with our first time smacking red hot steel into real, useable knives. My boys took it VERY seriously, and they’re already begging to make spike knives as soon as they’re old enough. They have both been carrying them and inspecting them non-stop since we left the shop. Instead of walking through Ripley’s or Wonderworks for the 10th time, give knife forging a try. It was a magical experience, and I guarantee my sons will never forget it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Iron Mountain Metal Craft
    Thank you for sharing your experience, Brad! We are thrilled to hear that you and your sons enjoyed your bladesmithing experience with Robbie Bowman. It's wonderful to hear that your boys took the opportunity seriously and are already eager to forge more knives in the future. We're glad you found the experience magical and memorable. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again for more forging adventures!
  • March 19, 2024
    Beau b
    Was awesome to hit the knife you make and take home
    Iron Mountain Metal Craft
    Thank you so much for your 5-star review! We will share this with our team to let them know you had an amazing experience with us!
  • January 23, 2024
    Joshua F
    After watching Robby on Forged in Fire and being a big fan of him and the show, this was a must. Meeting Robby and experiencing the forging process first hand was amazing! My wife and I will definitely come back here every time we visit the Smokies! Thank you for giving us this opportunity! Looking forward to next time!
    Iron Mountain Metal Craft
    On behalf of all of us at Iron Mountain Metal Craft, we would like to thank you for sharing this great review about our forge! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience!
  • October 20, 2023
    John P
    This is an Absolute "MUST DO". I have watched people forge on TV, and always wanted to give it try. I loved it.
    Iron Mountain Metal Craft
    On behalf of all of us at Iron Mountain Metal Craft, we would like to thank you for sharing this great review about our forge! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience!
  • September 1, 2023
    Cherise C
    Excellent customer service! So friendly! The whole experience was amazing!
    Iron Mountain Metal Craft
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Iron Mountain Metal Craft. We take pride in knowing that you are happy and had an amazing experience with us!
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Amazing I would give it 10 stars if I could! The staff here were all great to work with! We were able to pound out our own knives.. We had the pleasant surprise to meet Robby Bowman. He was willing to tell us great tips for forging and got to see his beautiful knifes he made.

Laura B.

Went there with my son and nephew. Once we all held and saw the railroad spike knife we had to have it not only did we all make one, but had a blast doing it! It was an amazing time, we plan on coming back to vacation again, here next year …More

Joseph M.

We had a large group (11 of us) ranging from ages 7-50. None of us had ever done anything like it before and it was a HUGE hit with everyone! I have 6 kids (ages 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, & 16) and all of them said it was their favorite part of spring break!

Sheli L