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Forum News

General Forum news posted by the Forum Administrator and Forum Moderators.

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New ABS Member Introductions

A place to introduce and welcome new ABS Forum members. Please tell us about yourselves.

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General Bladesmith Discussions

A place for news, events and miscellaneous discussions dealing with bladesmithing in general.

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ABS Member Events

Forum for information and discussion of non-ABS sponsored member hammer-ins, classes, seminars, and educational events.

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The Forged Blade
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Apprentice Corner

A place to post questions by those new to forging and bladesmithing.

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Forging Techniques

This is a Forum to discuss forging methods and techniques.

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Pattern Welded Blades

Basic discussion of techniques in making pattern welded "damascus" steel blades.

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Blade Grinding, Finishing and Sharpening

Discussion of Grinding Techniques, Abrasives, Grinders, Sharpening and Blade Finishing.

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Heat Treating 101

Discussion and questions about heat treating.

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Blade Design and Construction
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General Design Discussion

Discussion of design concepts and construction techniques used in building forged knives including bowie, hunter, integral, dagger, antique, folding, etc.

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Work in Progress (WIP) and Tutorials

Demonstration and discussion of the steps to build a specific style knife or "how to" tutorials.

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Show and Tell - Your Work

A place to show and tell about your work. You can also request constructive critiques and useful advice.

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Sheaths

Discussion of design and techniques for making sheaths

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Other Forged Edged Tools

Discussion of design concepts and construction techniques used in building forged tools, tomahawks, pipe hawks, and axes.

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Tools and Materials
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Tools, Equipment, and Jigs

Discussion and tips on tools, equipment, and jigs used in bladesmithing.

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Materials and Supplies

Discussion and tips on materials and supplies used in bladesmithing.

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Reference Books and Videos

Discussion about books, videos, and other reference materials on bladesmithing and related techniques.

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Tailgate Tool Sales

A place for ABS members to locate available tools and supplies. All transactions, trades, and sales of tools and supplies are conducted between private parties.

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ABS Educational Programs
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American Bladesmith Society Approved Schools

Texarkana College, Haywood Community College, New England School of Metalwork, Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil Bladesmith School, La Forge d' Ostiches, and Heavin Forge School offer ABS approved Bladesmithing courses. Forum for information and discussion about these programs.

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ABS Hammer-Ins

Forum for information and discussion about official ABS sponsored Hammer-Ins and ABS endorsed Hammer-Ins

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Educational Videos

A place to post "How To" videos that show bladesmithing techniques or demonstrate the building or use of tools and jigs for knife making

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ABS Special Events
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Atlanta Blade Show

Forum for information and discussion about official ABS sponsored Events - Blade Show, Atlanta, GA

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ICCE Show - Fort Worth, Texas

ICCE Show Information - 2019

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