The American Bladesmith Society, Inc. (ABS) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation to operate for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. The American Bladesmith Society was formed primarily to encourage and promote activities involving the art and science of forging metal, particularly tools, weapons and art forms. The objectives of the educational programs of the ABS are to inform and educate knife makers and the public about the art, science, technology, history and culture relating to forged edged tools, weapons and artifacts and the proper care and use of these objects.

The original Board of Directors for the American Bladesmith Society was: William F. Moran, Jr., Bill Bagwell, Don Hastings and B.R. Hughes.

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ABS News and Events

The Passing of a Legend

August 7th, 2023|0 Comments

Last Monday the bladesmithing community lost a pioneer and a legend.  Those of us who have been around a while can attest to the influence that Rob Hudson had on bladesmithing with his incredible work.  [...]

Spring ABS Intro Class

February 26th, 2023|0 Comments

*** Dive into the world of knife making with ABS Master Smith Scott McGhee*** American Bladesmithing Society: Introduction to Bladesmithing (2-Week Course) Monday through Friday, April 17th-21st and April 24th-28th (8am-5pm daily) Certified by the [...]


2023 Class Schedule

July 1st, 2022|0 Comments

January 9 – 20, 2023: ABS Intro to Bladesmithing Instructor: Scott McGhee January 9 -  January 20, 2022 (M-Th, 8am-5pm with 1 hour for lunch)* Friday 8am-12pm. The Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing is proud to [...]