Certified by the American Bladesmith Society
Introduction to Bladesmithing
Bill Burke ABS Master Bladesmith
Class runs: September 28-October 9
Material fee: $130
Monday through Friday, 8am—5pm each day, no class on weekend
Skill level: Beginner and up
This two week course is designed for anyone interested in making high quality hand forged blades and includes lecture and hands on work, all taught by ABS Master Smiths. Metal selection, blade function and different blade design will be discussed. Hand forging to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering will all be taught. These semi-finished blades will be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility. Handles and guards are not apart of this course but be discussed and students should be prepared to venture into a handles and guards course next.
Students should be able to make a blade which will pass the equivalent of a Journeyman Smith Performance Test. Successful completion of this course will reduce the required three (3) year waiting period as an ABS Apprentice member by one (1) year and will be eligible to submit their knives for ABS Journeyman Smith judging in two (2) years.
Bill enjoys forging high performance working knives. His focus is on performance and cutting ability -- continuing to experiment and develop the ultimate cutting edge. He enjoys working with steels such as 52100 carbon steel, 5160 carbon steel and his own Damascus. In 2008, after a trip to Japan, he began experimenting with tamahagane, oroshigane, and the stunning hamon that can be achieved by treating W2 steel.
Bill is well known for both his hunting knives and his kitchen knives. His work has been regularly featured in both Knives Illustrated and Blade Magazine. He was also featured on .
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For further information about the ABS testing and training procedures please visit the American Bladesmith's website.