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American Bladesmith Society Forum

General Discussions
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Forum News

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

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New American Bladesm...

Kevin R. Cashen

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 from West...


General Bladesmith Discussions

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

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Parkerizing - order ...

Steven Shipley

ABS Member Events

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

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Knife Vendors Wanted...

Jacob Sewell

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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Apprentice Pictures

Michael Bell

Forging Techniques

This is a Forum to discuss forging methods and techniques.

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Keeping core steel s...

John Keating

Pattern Welded Blade Basics

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

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Uneven etch

Craig Cook

Blade Grinding, Finishing and Sharpening

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

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Knife Sharpening - T...

Joshua C States

Heat Treating 101 (1 viewing)

Discussion and questions about heat treating.

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Paragon Caldera conv...

Corey Bryson

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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Why the "ABS" style ...

Adam Reggie

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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Takedown Damascus Bo...

Joshua C States

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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something a little d...

Joshua C States


Discussion of design and techniques for making sheaths

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Chef knife leather

Joshua C States

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...

Joshua C States

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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Gas Forge Venting

Thomas Franklin

Materials and Supplies

Discussion and tips on materials and supplies used in bladesmithing.

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Round bar Stock

Joshua C States

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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Temp probes/Thermoco...

Matt K Kirby

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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Fall Piney Woods Ham...

Kevin R. Cashen

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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Good luck to all tes...

Karl B Andersen

ICCE Show - Fort Worth, Texas

ICCE Show Information - 2019

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Icce Show Announceme...

Cindy Sheely