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ABS Handles and Guards

The ABS official logo: having a decorative knife invfront of an anvil with an orange and red fire behind it.ABS Handles and Guards

Instructor: ABS Certified Master Bladesmith

Location: Walnut Building, 3327&3337 Tuition: $723.25

This class is designed to continue the course of study set forth in the ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing course. This class includes detailed information on creating handles, both full tang and hidden tang, guards, butt caps, decorative file work, spiral dagger handles, handle material choices, guard material choices, pin stock, adhesives and overall finish. Students will be instructed on how to finish off a professional looking knife. Participants are expected to possess the skill and knowledge to forge, grind and heat treat blades prior to this class. A limited amount and type of materials will be provided, students are welcome to furnish and bring their own handle and guard material. It is required that students enrolling in this workshop provide their own, finished blades ready to be completed. This is a week-long class and will be taught by an ABS Certified Master Bladesmith.


 We apologize for the wait and please do visit this page daily for updates starting in the Fall. We do strongly encourage you to visit the the American Bladesmithing Society Homepage for more information on classes and events as the ABS team offers courses at multiple locations. 


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.