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Published on February 22, 2008

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An introduction:  An introduction From the advent of Bronze work.:  From the advent of Bronze work. Until Iron was discovered. And the art form reached its zenith during the middle ages. :  Until Iron was discovered. And the art form reached its zenith during the middle ages. The Industrial Revolution brought the mass production of knives. Making the blade smith all but obsolete. From flint blades to the 21st Century to Ginzu. Knifes, we’ve always had them. :  The Industrial Revolution brought the mass production of knives. Making the blade smith all but obsolete. From flint blades to the 21st Century to Ginzu. Knifes, we’ve always had them. To begin in the process you don’t need fancy tools or even a high priced school. So long as the tools are sound and instruction good you have the beginnings of a sound foundation. :  To begin in the process you don’t need fancy tools or even a high priced school. So long as the tools are sound and instruction good you have the beginnings of a sound foundation. When begin; you start with Raw materials. for a knife maker it is steel, for a Professor it is students.:  When begin; you start with Raw materials. for a knife maker it is steel, for a Professor it is students. In order for a Blade Smith to work the steel you will be introduced to our mantra. :  In order for a Blade Smith to work the steel you will be introduced to our mantra. No:  No There is not a single hand forged knife that does not undergo this process. :  There is not a single hand forged knife that does not undergo this process. First you anneal the metal. Making it soft so the maker can get it to “move” the way they want it to go. This is the “Heat” stage. :  First you anneal the metal. Making it soft so the maker can get it to “move” the way they want it to go. This is the “Heat” stage. This is done by the use of a forge or by liberal use of text books and lectures. Working the steel in directions that increase its strength and improve function this is the goal of every Blade Smith. :  Working the steel in directions that increase its strength and improve function this is the goal of every Blade Smith. Could the same be said for quizzes and tests? Even if not online?  You have to work the material with force to get it to go the way you want it to. Sometimes it is not as easy as it looks. :  You have to work the material with force to get it to go the way you want it to. Sometimes it is not as easy as it looks. Every Blade Smith gets a point where the metal cools and you can no longer work it effectively. This stage is called “black heat.” Of course none of us have ever felt like this.:  Every Blade Smith gets a point where the metal cools and you can no longer work it effectively. This stage is called “black heat.” Of course none of us have ever felt like this. And what will any good smith do at this point? Can you guess? Repeat!:  Repeat! And back it goes into the fire again. At the end of forging, the finish work now begins. This can be as lengthy a process as the forging. But it is what we call the “Bread and butter” stage. It is were we as makers have to get it right.:  At the end of forging, the finish work now begins. This can be as lengthy a process as the forging. But it is what we call the “Bread and butter” stage. It is were we as makers have to get it right. This stage is called rough finishing. And involves removing any unnecessary material left over from the forging. Flat grinding is the process where you take the knife looking object in your hands and begin to rework it by grinding sanding and machining and mill work. :  Flat grinding is the process where you take the knife looking object in your hands and begin to rework it by grinding sanding and machining and mill work. After a great deal of effort your getting close to begin the fit and finish! To get to this point a lot of time and attention has been invested (not to mention tears).:  After a great deal of effort your getting close to begin the fit and finish! To get to this point a lot of time and attention has been invested (not to mention tears). Now your in the homestretch, finishing the handles and guards. Your blade is finally beginning to resemble a knife. What is it about the word finals that either gives us a sense of accomplishment or feeling of dread?:  Now your in the homestretch, finishing the handles and guards. Your blade is finally beginning to resemble a knife. What is it about the word finals that either gives us a sense of accomplishment or feeling of dread? The organization that perpetuates the art of hand forged knife making is the American Bladesmith Society. There are four levels of proficiency. Casual hobbyists are like those who take non-credit classes in college. :  The organization that perpetuates the art of hand forged knife making is the American Bladesmith Society. There are four levels of proficiency. Casual hobbyists are like those who take non-credit classes in college. All ABS members begin as Apprentices; who are the equivalent of AA or AAS holders, it can take anywhere from 3 to 5 years of solid work to prepare for the ABS Journeyman’s test. The ABS Journeyman’s Stamp is the first major hurdle towards getting a Master Smith Stamp. Those who pass it earn the right to put the letters J.S. on their blades. :  The ABS Journeyman’s Stamp is the first major hurdle towards getting a Master Smith Stamp. Those who pass it earn the right to put the letters J.S. on their blades. A Journeyman is the equivalent of a Baccalaureate Degree and can take anywhere from 3- 8 years to get. Depending on the degree of dedication. Currently there is only 1 female Journeyman Smith, her name is Lora Sue Bethke. She is from Grand Haven, MI. and tests for her Master Stamp this upcoming June in Atlanta at the Blade Show. The Master Smith Stamp is the “Prize” and goal all Blade Smiths wish to obtain but very few do. Master Smiths must pass may difficult tests in order to earn that right to be called a Master. It can take anywhere from 5 to 15 years and is the equivalent of a Masters Degree in college and holds world wide recognition. There are thousands of ABS members world wide but fewer then 300 Master Smiths, and out of those numbers only 2 currently are women. :  The Master Smith Stamp is the “Prize” and goal all Blade Smiths wish to obtain but very few do. Master Smiths must pass may difficult tests in order to earn that right to be called a Master. It can take anywhere from 5 to 15 years and is the equivalent of a Masters Degree in college and holds world wide recognition. There are thousands of ABS members world wide but fewer then 300 Master Smiths, and out of those numbers only 2 currently are women. The last category is what we call “High Art” knives. These knives exhibit the pinnacle of the knife makers art. Those who make High Art knifes are considered the equivalent of PhD’s. Taking a lifetime to perfect their art, and they never stop learning!:  The last category is what we call “High Art” knives. These knives exhibit the pinnacle of the knife makers art. Those who make High Art knifes are considered the equivalent of PhD’s. Taking a lifetime to perfect their art, and they never stop learning! Now you know a little bit about the disappearing art of Hand-forged knife making. It is my hope that I’ve made it enjoyable. So the next time you are handed back an assignment marked “Re-Submit for Full Credit.” Remember you are that instructors piece of living art! :  Now you know a little bit about the disappearing art of Hand-forged knife making. It is my hope that I’ve made it enjoyable. So the next time you are handed back an assignment marked “Re-Submit for Full Credit.” Remember you are that instructors piece of living art! Citations:  Citations Citations cont.:  Citations cont. Citations cont.:  Citations cont. Citations cont. :  Citations cont. Citations cont.:  Citations cont.

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