The ABS Great American (formerly the Mid America) Super Hammer-in Bladesmithing Convention

Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 County Road 25A, Troy, OH 45373

AUGUST 24 THRU 27, 2023
Hosted By Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil

A Full Weekend of Information for Bladesmiths of All Levels
Talks and demonstrations will Include beginner, intermediate and advanced topics, offering learning opportunities for fledgling forgers to Master Bladesmiths.

Andrew Meers demonstrating Damascus, Nick Rossi demonstrating Forging & Grinding,
Burt Foster demonstrating Kitchen Knives, Bill Rupel demonstrating Folding Knives,
Steve Rapp demonstrating Silver Wrap Sheaths & Handles, Tim Zowada demonstrating Straight Razors, with many more to be announced.

Testing for Journeyman and Master Bladesmith Certification
A time slot will be set aside for those wishing to do performance testing for Journeyman or Master Bladesmith. With the number of qualified Master Bladesmiths that will be present, the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) is making this event an official judging venue where Journeyman Smith and Master Smith applicants will be able to submit their finished knives for judging and be awarded JS and MS certification. With this event the ABS can offer our members a more affordable, and less stressful, environment for the certification process, from performance test to judging and the awarding of the stamps, all in one location.

Knife Show
All registered attendees are invited to have a table at a one-day knife show at this event. Tell all your collector friends not to miss out on the knives that will be at this show.

This Event Will Be Big!
The Southern Ohio Forge & Anvil Blacksmith Assoc. and the Miami County Fairgrounds offers facilities that are second to none. This unique venue allows for multiple events to take place in different locations on the grounds and has onsite camping for both tent and RV.

We will be having an award dinner on Friday evening, it will be a cost of $20 for attendees, menu: smoked brisket, Italian chicken, salad, smashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, breadsticks and dessert.  I have room for 100 and will be prepaid only.  If you camp at the event there is a donation for camping which is $30.00 per night with electric, $15.00 per night for primitive camping.  Please call Cindy, 419-832-0400 for the meal tickets or the camping.

We have a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn, Address: 83 Troy Town Dr, Troy, OH 45373   Phone: (937) 332-1446. The link for rooms at Fairfield                                                                     Book your group rate for ABS Mid America Blade Symposium 2023


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