Intermediate Bladesmithing

with

Ben Breda JS

Class runs: October 7-11

Tuition: $630

Material fee: $60

Skill level: Seasoned Beginner and up with a minimum of a NESM Beginner Bladesmithing course or ABS Intro. 

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       This 5 day workshop is a comprehensive bladesmithing class. Conducted at a pace for those who know the basics already, the goal will be to produce a complete, hidden tang knife with a 4 to 6 inch mono-steel blade with the concentration being placed on proper guard and handle fit up. The blade will be mounted with a stainless guard and exotic wood handle. This will be an intense, fast paced class. Topics covered will be knife design, a more proficient understanding of metallurgy, efficient blade forging techniques, grinding, heat treating, handles and guards. This class would be a great jumping off point for a student that wants to take their knifemaking to the next level. For student who have completed an ABS Intro. course and want to know how to get their knives prepared and outfitted, this course will expose those next steps. Because of the nature of this class there is a prerequisite of a NESM beginner bladesmithing or ABS Intro class or equivalent.

 

    This class is considered a crossover for those who have had the ABS Intro course and want to know what to do with your blades to go into an ABS Handles and Guards course or for those who simply need that professional insight into producing a finished more complex knife. 

 

 

   In order to teach and produce a cleaner more professional knife; the size, design and style of the knife will be pre determined by the instructor and a scale drawing supplied to each student upon enrollment. 

    

      Ben Breda is a local Journeyman Bladesmith from Hope, Maine. He got his start in knife making at the New England School of Metalwork in 2012, since then he has studied under several Mastersmiths such as Jim Crowell, Tim Potier, Rick Dunkerley, and Kevin Cashen. Ben received his Journeyman stamp from the American Bladesmith Society in 2014 at the Atlanta Blade show. He was also awarded the George Peck award for the best knife submitted by a Journeyman applicant. Ben has been a full time maker since 2016, he specializes in hand forged heirloom quality fixed blades as well as folding  knives. I am honored to be given the opportunity to teach the Intermediate class at NESM, and I am looking forward to taking the students through the process of a forged knife from start to finish.

 

 

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