Ben Breda ABS JS
Class runs: August 3-6
Materials and Fees: $60
Skill Level: Beginner and up
FULL as of 6/24, please click ENROLL NOW to join the waitlist
A journey into the world of the Bladesmith. This intense three day class will focus on the forging skills needed for bladesmithing using 1084 high carbon steel. Full tang blades with slab handle construction will be the primary project. A focus on better hand forging skills, grinding, and proper heat treatment will be the core of the class. Basic handle construction, materials, fitting, filing and finish will be covered, it may be possible for students to leave with one completely finished blade based on skill level. A beginners blacksmithing workshop is recommended but not necessary.
** sheath making will not be a part of the course **
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.