2023 Schedule of ABS classes.

in cooperation with:
The American Bladesmith Society, Inc.
Classes conducted at:
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721


ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing

(August and September Classes)

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:  CSP 4000 24863:40528                         Date:  8/7/23 – 8/18/23                      Class Times: 8:15 AM – 5:15 PM

Registration Deadline: 6/10/23

Course Code:  CSP 4000 24865: 40533                        Date:  9/25/23 – 10/6/23                    Class Times: 8:15AM – 5:15PM

Registration Deadline: 08/21/23

ABS Handles and Guards

(June 2023)

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.

Course Code:  CSP 4000 24864: 40529                         Date:  6/5/23 – 6/9/23                          Class Times: 8AM – 5PM

Registration and Payment Deadline: 5/8/23 


To access classes and registration information:


Register by Email:

  1. Download Creative Arts Registration Form (Form must be fully completed to be accepted)
  2. Email completed form to [email protected]
  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. 

Aubree Ross
Coordinator of Creative Arts
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Drive
Clyde, NC 28721
(828) 565-4152
Email  [email protected]

Click here to download Haywood Registration Form