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Toggle this category American Bladesmith Society, Inc.

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Forum News

General Forum news posted by the Forum Administrator and Forum Moderators.

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Toggle this category The Forged Blade

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Forging Techniques

This is a Forum to discuss forging methods and techniques.

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Damascus Steel

Discussion of techniques in making Damascus steel.

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Blade Grinding and Sharpening

Discussion of Grinding Techniques, Abrasives, Grinders, Sharpening and Blade Finishing.

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Apprentice Corner

A place to post questions by those new to forging and bladesmithing.

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Heat Treating

Discussion and questions about heat treating.

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Toggle this category Design and Construction

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General Design Discussion

Discussion of design concepts and construction techniques used in building forged knives including bowie, hunter, integral, dagger, antique, folding,ect.

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Artistic Design Techniques

Discussion of artistic techniques used to enhance a knife including file work, engraving,carving,silver wire inlay,and other skills.

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Work in Progress (WIP)

Demonstration and discussion of the steps to build a specific style knife

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Knife Critiques

A place to show your work and receive constructive critiques and useful advice.

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Handles and Guards

Discussion about the materials used and the construction (hidden tang,frame,mortice,full tang,ect.) of handles and guards.

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Discussion of design and techniques for making sheaths

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Forged Edged Tools

Discussion of design concepts and construction techniques used in building forged tools, tomahawks, pipe hawks, and axes.

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Tools, Equipment, and Jigs

Discussion and tips on tools, equipment, and jigs used in bladesmithing.

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Materials and Supplies

Discussion and tips on materials and supplies used in bladesmithing

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Reference Books and Videos

Discussion about books, videos, and other reference materials on bladesmithing and related techniques.

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Knife Photography

Discussion of techniques to show your work and methods of work through still and video photography

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Tailgate Tool Sales

A place for ABS members to locate available tools and supplies. All transactions, trades, and sales of tools and supplies are conducted between private parties.

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American Bladesmith Society Schools

The ABS is associated with Texarkana College, Haywood Community College, and the New England School of Metalwork which offer Bladesmithing courses taught by ABS Master Smiths. Forum for information and discussion about these programs.

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ABS Master Smith and Journeyman Smith Testing

A place to learn the rules, seek advice, obtain critiques of your work, and discuss the journey to earning a Master Smith or Journeyman Smith rating in the American Bladesmith Society.

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ABS Hammer-Ins

Forum for information and discussion about official ABS sponsored Hammer-Ins and ABS endorsed Hammer-Ins

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Educational Videos

A place to post "How To" videos that show bladesmithing techniques or demonstrate the building or use of tools and jigs for knife making.

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Atlanta Blade Show

Forum for information and discussion about official ABS sponsored Events -
Blade Show, Atlanta, GA

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2014 ABS Knife Auction - Atlanta, GA

News, Videos, Photos and Discussion about ABS Auction Knives at 2014 Blade Show, Atlanta, GA

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ABS Hall of Fame

Discussion, News, Videos, and photos about ABS Hall of Fame at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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ABS Exposition

Forum for information and discussion about official ABS sponsored Events -
ABS Exposition,San Antonio, TX

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Toggle this category General Discussions

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Topic of the Month

A bladesmithing Topic is posted monthly by the Moderators for discussion. All ABS Forum members are invited to join in and participate in these discussions.

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ABS Member News

A place to post news about ABS members, milestones, or awards.

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New ABS Forum Member Introductions

A place to introduce and welcome new ABS Forum members. Please tell us about yourselves.

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ABS Member Events

Forum for information and discussion of non-ABS sponsored member hammer-ins, classes, seminars, and educational events.

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General Member Discussions

General member discussions in public area.

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