American Bladesmith Society bladesmiths represent the cutting edge of forged blade performance and design on six continents. Our mission is preserving and promoting the ancient craft of forged knives through education, testing and certification. Our passion is crafting knives featuring forged blades in the pursuit of the ultimate high performance cutting tool
April 19th – April 30th (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm): $1450 Instructor: Scott McGhee
Certified by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and taught by ABS Master Smiths, this two week course is designed for anyone (beginners to experienced metal workers) who is interested in learning how to make high quality forged blades. Each day will include both lecture and hands-on time with an hour break for lunch. Lecture topics will include metal/material selection, blade function and blade design. Hands on time will include forging metal to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering. These semi-finished blades will then be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility.
While handles and guards are not a part of this course they may be discussed. Students who successfully complete this course should be prepared to venture into a handles and guards course next so look through our other offerings.
Successful completion of this course will reduce the required 3 year waiting period to a 2 year wait as an ABS Apprentice member for eligibility to submit their knives for ABS Journeyman Smith judging. For details and to register for this class click here
American Bladesmithing Society: Handles and Guards (1-Week Course)
August 9th – August 13th (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm): $795 Instructor: Brion Tomberlin
What do you do after you have taken the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) Introduction to Bladesmithing Class? Well, learn how to finish the handle and guard for a complete knife. Join us to learn from one of the ABS Master Bladesmiths.
Certified by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and taught by ABS Master Smiths, this weeklong course is designed for intermediate to advanced knifemakers* who want to improve their knife finishing skills. Each day will include both lecture and hands-on time with an hour break for lunch.
This class will cover both full tang and hidden tang knives. Topics will include blade preparation*, handle and guard material choices, pin stock, adhesives and overall composition and finish. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skill to finish off a knife to a professional level.
Time permitting other topics will be discussed such as butt caps, file work, carving, dagger handles and any others that wish to ask about. While some materials and tools will be provided you are welcome to bring any materials or tools you would like, especially if you have something specific in mind. For details and to register for this class click here
Instructor, Master Smith Scott McGhee: The April 2021 session will be taught by Scott McGhee. He has been a Master Bladesmith since 2016. He grew up in Franklinton, NC where he first dabbled in metal work as a teenager on his parents’ farm. At age 17, Scott attended a blacksmithing session at the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts in western NC. He blacksmithed sporadically over the years and only discovered his passion for forging blades in 2009. Scott received his ABS Journeyman certification in 2012 and went full-time as a knife maker soon after. He obtained his Master Smith certification in June 2016. Scott has a BS in forestry from the University of Montana and fought forest fires for several years. Fire and wood are two of Scott’s passions. He spent many years working as a certified arborist before becoming a bladesmith and is known for putting the flowing lines of nature into his work.
Instructor, Master Smith Brion Tomberlin: The August 2021 session will be taught by Brion Tomberlin, owner of Anvil Top Custom Knives. Brion has been an ABS Master Smith since 2009. I have been a knife maker for 40 years. I have always had a great interest in history and historical weapons, especially Japanese types. I am a collector of Japanese swords and oriental weapons. A number of my designs will have Japanese and Oriental influences. My Main designs include bowies of all types, hunters, fighters, and specialty designs such as Persian fighters.
Enrollment: 3 to 8 students (Note: we provide an assistant after the 6th enrollment)
This is a physically and mentally demanding class with full days in the shop, please come ready to get dirty and work hard!
Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:
NOTE: Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all our students. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Bladesmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!