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General Discussions
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Forum News

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

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New ABS Forum Member Introductions

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

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New member, Toledo, ...

Reginaldo Dos Santos

General Bladesmith Discussions

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

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What Did You Do In Y...


ABS Member Events

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

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Central States Hamme...

Allen Newberry

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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Tormek Questions

Kevin Stinson

Forging Techniques

This is a Forum to discuss forging methods and techniques.

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Forging 52100

Miguel Sanhueza Lang

Pattern Welded Blade Basics

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

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Coffee Etching

Miguel Sanhueza Lang

Blade Grinding, Finishing and Sharpening (1 viewing)

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

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Jesse Lange

Heat Treating 101

Discussion and questions about heat treating.

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History of soft back...

Ed Caffrey

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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Lineup Pins Question

Jesse Hackenberg

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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1 Cubic Inch Challan...


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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Matt K Kirby


Discussion of design and techniques for making sheaths

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Chef knife leather


Forged Edged Tools

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

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Damascus hatchet hel...


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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Need Help Identifyin...

Charles Leggett

Materials and Supplies

Discussion and tips on materials and supplies used in bladesmithing.

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O1 And A2 Uses

Zach Hescox

Reference Books and Videos

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

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Folder Reference

Steve Jackson

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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Knifemaking & Forgin...

Richard Lempicki

ABS Educational 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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ABS Webmaster

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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Two Videos: Tongs An...

Jason Fry

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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Icce Show Announceme...

Cindy Sheely