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
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
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 Timothy Potier:
The October 2021 ABS Introduction to Bladesmithing Workshop session will be taught by Timothy Potier. Timothy is/was a full-time forester with the Louisiana Forestry Commission and has been since 1974. He made his first knife in 1981, a replica of forester’s everyday wood knife.
During the course of his work Timothy was introduced to Pete Hamilton’s son, the foreman of the forge for Randall Knives in Orlando, Florida. Timothy worked with him and eventually bought his equipment and struck out on his own.
Then in 1981 he attended a one-week bladesmithing course taught by Master Smith Jerry Fisk at the Texarkana School of Bladesmithing in Arkansas. Mr. Timothy Potier achieved his Journeyman Smith Rating in 1992, his Master Smith rating in 1994 and in 2008 became an instructor. He is excited to pass on the skills and techniques he uses to produce the same style knives that like us he once only read about.
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 for Handles and Guards (Note: we provide an assistant after the 6th enrollment)
Enrollment: 4 to 10 students for Intro to Bladesmithing (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!