American Bladesmith Society Master Bladesmiths
A bladesmith who has attained an ABS Master Bladesmith rating is recognized worldwide as possessing some of the highest skill levels in the craft. To even be eligible to be judged for Master a bladesmith must have practiced their craft diligently for no less than two years as an ABS Journey Bladesmith before presenting their work for evaluation.
The workmanship of the Master Bladesmith must be judged to be “excellent” to “superlative” in quality, with examples of their work transcending to the level of functional art. Less than 200 individuals in the world hold this distinguished title. Those seeking the highest level of quality in a forged blade will find bladesmiths recognized as among the best on Earth listed here.