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ABS: Introduction to Bladesmithing

The ABS Logo: a decorative handled knife is set infront of an anvil with orange and red flames illuminating the objects.ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing

Instructor: ABS Certified Master Bladesmith

Location: Walnut Building, 3327&3337 Tuition: $1381.25

This class is for beginning knifemakers, students will be introduced to the concepts and techniques needed to make a knife. Students are taught metal selection, blade function and different blade design will be discussed. Hand forging to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering will all be taught. These semi-finished blades will be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility. Students should be able to make a blade which will pass the equivalent of a Journeyman Smith Performance Test. Successful completion of this course will reduce the required three (3) year waiting period as an ABS Journeyman Smith judging in two years. This is a two-week long class and will be taught by an ABS Certified Master Bladesmith.


Course Code                               Date                               Time

CSP 4000 24863:40528          8/7/23 – 8/18/23           8:15AM-5:15PM

Registration Deadline: 6/10/23


Course Code                                Date                             Time

CSP 4000 24865: 40533            9/25/23 – 10/6/23        8:15AM-5:15PM

Registration Deadline: 08/21/23




How to Register by Email:

1. Download Creative Arts Registration Form (Form must be fully completed to be accepted)

2. Email completed form to  

3. If you are registering through email please await a Successful Confirmation Registration Email.
This service is only available to those that register by email. 

How to Register in Person:

Please visit Student Services Department on the top floor of the Hemlock Building at
185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.