Certified by the American Bladesmith Society

Introduction to Bladesmithing

with

Bill Burke ABS Master Bladesmith 

Class runs: September 28-October 9

Tuition: $1,300

Material fee: $130

Monday through Friday, 8am—5pm each day, no class on weekend

Skill level: Beginner and up 

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         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.

                                                                                     

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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 Evening Magazine in November of 2010.

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For further information about the ABS testing and training procedures please  visit the American Bladesmith's website.

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