Donated photo. The Great Smoky Mountain Hammer-In sponsored by the American Bladesmith Society will be held at Haywood Community College March 21 through 24. The Hammer-In brings Master Bladesmiths, forging enthusiasts and knife collectors from across the U.S. to demonstrate their skills and to learn the art and science of hand forged knife making.

The Great Smoky Mountain Hammer-In sponsored by the American Bladesmith Society will be held at Haywood Community College March 21 through 24. The Hammer-In brings Master Bladesmiths, forging enthusiasts and knife collectors from across the U.S. to demonstrate their skills and to learn the art and science of hand forged knife making. Demonstrators for the Hammer-In will converge from multiple states including Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Master Bladesmiths will give demonstrations and hold classes on a number of topics ranging from coal and gas forging to fabrication of handles and guards and engraving. The public is invited to experience knife making in the time-honored tradition of the American Bladesmith Society. Knife show, Battle of the Bladesmith and auction are open free to the public Saturday, March 23.

Battle of the Bladesmith is a competition used as a conceptual base of the popular reality show “Forged in Fire.” Competitors will include local residents Charlie Ellis and Matthew Shirey as well as Stephen Fowler of Georgia and Curtis Haaland of Tennessee.

For more information, call 828-400-7815 or email khall@hallenergyconsulting.com.