The American Bladesmith Society, Inc. (ABS) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation to operate for educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. The American Bladesmith Society was formed primarily to encourage and promote activities involving the art and science of forging metal, particularly tools, weapons and art forms. The objectives of the educational programs of the ABS are to inform and educate knife makers and the public about the art, science, technology, history and culture relating to forged edged tools, weapons and artifacts and the proper care and use of these objects.

The original Board of Directors for the American Bladesmith Society was: William F. Moran, Jr., Bill Bagwell, Don Hastings and B.R. Hughes.

ABS- Setting The Standard For Bladesmithing


ABS News and Events

JS and MS testing guidelines redrafted for clarity.

October 19th, 2023|Comments Off on JS and MS testing guidelines redrafted for clarity.

The new, reorganized, Journeyman Smith and Master Smith guidelines, approved at the most recent ABS Board meeting have been posted on the ABS web site. It must be stressed that these documents have been redrafted [...]

The Passing of a Legend

August 7th, 2023|0 Comments

Last Monday the bladesmithing community lost a pioneer and a legend.  Those of us who have been around a while can attest to the influence that Rob Hudson had on bladesmithing with his incredible work.  [...]


Texarkana College Fall Schedule

July 21st, 2023|Comments Off on Texarkana College Fall Schedule

Enrollment Form PDF or Enroll Online Refund Requests must be received 3 weeks prior to first day of class. We are starting up a student library at the school. It will be knife relevant material [...]