American Bladesmithing Society Courses 2018

For more information about our current ABS courses please call Doug Burchfield at 828-550-6215 or email at ddburchfield@haywood.edu.

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Survival Knife – Cancelled

This class is for participants that possess the skill and knowledge to forge and grind blades prior to this class. Students will be instructed on how to construct a survival knife. Instruction will discuss handle material choices, pin stock, adhesives and overall finish. A material and supplies will be provided to forge and grind a blade. Students are welcome to bring their own handle material. This is a three day class and will be taught by an ABS Certified Master Bladesmith. February 19th through the 23rd.

Cost: $531.25

Location: 3300 building

Course Code: CSP-4000-15009

 

Introduction to Bladesmithing – Spring

This class is for beginning knife-makers, 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-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. March 19th through the 30th. Weekends are not included.

Cost: $1006.25

Location: 3300 building

Course Code: CSP-4000-15010

 

Folders

This class will cover the very basics of making folding knifes. This course provides detailed instruction on the art and craft of fabrication of the slip joint folder. This is a week-long class and will be taught by an ABS Certified Master Bladesmith. May 14th through the 18th.

Cost: $531.25

Location: 3300 building

Course Code: CSP-4000-15008

 

Handles and Guards

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. June 4th through the 8th.

Cost: $531.25

Location: 3300 building

Course Code: CSP-4000-15011

 

Introduction to Bladesmithing – Fall

This class is for beginning knife-makers, 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-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. March 19th through the 30th. Weekends are not included. October 1st through the 12th. Weekends not included.

Cost: $1006.25

Location: 3300 building

Course Code: CSP-4000-15012