The School

AK University is located in the beautiful city of Santa Ana, California. We are in a great location close to the airport, freeways, and many local attractions. At AKU, we believe that the best learning environment is fun. We love what we do and do our best to keep a positive atmosphere at our University.


AKU classes are private and in-person courses designed to give each student the best opportunity to learn and practice throughout the course; therefore, each course is limited to no more than one student. This allows you to learn and practice the techniques while maximizing your time to learn the new craft. The cost of $400 per day includes materials based on the projects. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon the registration, which will be applied to the class tuition when the balance is paid in full. If you need to cancel, you can use the deposit amount for up to 12 months from the registration date.

School Of Knife-Making

This course allows you to advance your skills in all areas of knife making. Whether a newbie or pro, we will work together and teach you or help you master the art of knife making. We will review knife design, tools, materials, grinding techniques, heat treatment, and more to finish a fully functional knife which you will take home along with a set of new skills and experience that you can carry for the rest of your life.

$400 / Day

2 Day Class
  • Knife Design & Geometry
  • Tools & Material Introductions
  • Prototyping & Profiling
  • Grinding Techniques
  • Heat Treatment & Tempering
  • Handle Construction
  • Sharpening Techniques
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School Of Forging

This class is a hands-on course for anyone interested in making hand-forged blades. We will discuss knife design, metal selection, and functionality, and We’ll teach you forging techniques to produce an essential knife. You will leave with a fully finished brute-Deforge style knife.

$400 / Day

2 Day Class
  • Tools & Equipment Techniques
  • Hammer Technique & Control
  • Knife Forging Techniques
  • Grinding Techniques
  • Heat Treatment & Tempering
  • Simple Handle Design
  • Sharpening Tempering
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School Of Leather-Working

This is a full-day workshop class, where you will design and make a simple leather sheath or hybrid Kydex leather sheath for a knife that you bring in or previously made in our beginner class. This class will also provide you with the necessary skills, tools, and resources to accumulate the tools and materials needed to continue your sheath-making journey at home. In this course, you not only make a knife sheath but also learn the basic technique of working with leather which you can carry on for the rest of your life.

$400 / Day

1 Day Class
  • Tools & Material Introductions
  • Sheath Design & Model
  • Sheath Making Methods
  • Stitching Techniques
  • Lamination Techniques
  • Dyeing & Airbrushing
  • Accessories & Mounting
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School Of Casting & Molding

This course offers a beginner’s introduction to making cast resin objects and silicon molding that you can use for various art and design practices. We will work with a nontoxic resin designed for arts and crafts. This course will explore how to work with resin and learn how to cast solid objects, plants, and insects in clear resin. We will cover mold making, casting, and diorama modeling. And at the end, you will take home a block of artwork preserved in hand-poured and cured resin, along with more skills to create your magic.

$400 / Day

1 Day Class
  • Resin & Epoxy Introduction
  • Tools & Material
  • Design & Style
  • Diorama Modeling
  • Resin Casting 
  • Silicon Moulding
  • Grinding & Finishing
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Our Students



John Wayne Airport

Location: Orange County, California
Address: 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707
Airport Code: SNA
Distance To Shop: 10 min / 5.2 miles


Courtyard by Marriott Costa Mesa South Coast Metro

Location: Orange County, California
Address3002 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: (714) 545-1001
Price Range: $150
Distance To Shop: 2 min / 0.7 miles

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Costa Mesa / Newport Beach

Location: Orange County, California
Address3002 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: (714) 426-9833
Price Range: $100
Distance To Shop: 6 min / 1.7 miles

Motel 6 Costa Mesa

Location: Orange County, California
Address: 1441 Gisler Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 957-3063
Price Range: $90
Distance To Shop: 8 min / 2.6 miles

Key Inn and Suites

Location: Orange County, California
Address: 1611 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Phone: (714) 832-3220
Price Range: $80
Distance To Shop: 16 min / 7.7 miles


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    Terms & Conditions

    • Knife Making & Bladesmithing is an inherently dangerous activities for participants and observers.
    • AK Custom Knives and Andreas Kalani are NOT responsible for injuries suffered by participants and spectators at AK Studio.
    • All persons attending classes, seminars, or workshops at AK Studio or using any AK Custom Knives equipment or facilities must sign the release and waiver of liability.
    • All students are required to sign the "RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY" to participate in classes.
    • All students must be at least 18 years old to participate and Minors must be accompanied by an adult (adults are not required to take the class, but must be on site.)
    • Physical fitness/ability to participate in the strenuous activity of bladesmithing is up to the student
    • $100 non refundable deposit is required upon form submission, will be applied to the class tuition when balance is paid in full

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