Master Smith Testing

In order for a Journeyman Smith to earn the rating of Master Smith in the American Bladesmith Society, he or she must first pass a pre-determined set of tests that measure his or her ability to make a knife that will not only perform to a remarkable level, but will exhibit a level of fit, finish and design that is among the best in the world.

The following links will open a PDF document that can be downloaded:

ABS Testing Rules and Guidelines for the Master Smith Rating

Master Smith Applicant Performance Test Certification Form

ABS Judging Rules and Guidelines for the Master Smith Rating

Important: Thirty (30) day Notice of Intent Requirements for Master Smith Candidates- ABS bladesmiths who plan to be juried for their Master Smith rating by an approved ABS Judging Panel need to contact the American Bladesmith Society Office at least thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled Judging date to advise us that you will be presenting your knives to the Judging Panel. We need to check the ABS membership records in advance and to verify your ABS join date, school attendance date if applicable, dues payment record, and obtain a copy of your Performance Test Certification Form. We will then prepare and certify a list of eligible candidates for the Judging Panels.

To notify the ABS of your intent to present your knives to an ABS approved Judging Panel please contact the ABS Office at:
P.O. Box 160
Grand Rapids, Ohio 43522
Telephone: (419) 832-0400
Email [email protected]

A List of Rated ABS Smiths by Location

Click below to view photos of knives previously submitted to the ABS Judging Panel by successful Master Smith Candidates

Master Smith Candidate Knife Photos

Video Example of Master Smith Performance Test

This ABS YouTube Channel displays a video clip of an actual Master Smith Performance Test to give an idea of the steps involved in a successful performance test.