And the fact that not a single one was hand-forged in fire by you.
That changes now. Or at least, next month.
With this: Nothing but Knives, a three-day taste-of-blacksmithing class for hammering metal over anvil and fire, accepting reservations now for December.
Look, we know you have cutlery to technically get you through Thanksgiving and the other holiday meatstuffs. But compared to using a blade you’ve created Tony Stark-in-the-cave-style, they don’t offer quite the same Middle Ages machismo.
You’ll start by reserving your spot and making your way to the former machine shop that is Prospect Hill Forge in Waltham. Over three consecutive three-hour Sunday workshops, a man with 34 years of professional metalwork experience (his name is Carl) will lead you through the necessary movements to bend steel. Think: laying metal on fire, pounding said metal over an anvil... and grunting. Lots of grunting.
Eventually, after a warm-up run, you’ll wind up with a five-inch cutting blade you’ll sharpen by hand on a bench stone (call it the great-great-grandfather of your sharpener from Brookstone).
And if you crave more hot-metal action, good news: this is a prerequisite for advanced knife-making at the Forge.
Which is a prerequisite for AP Knife Making.