NOTE: Students MUST be 16 years of age or older to participate in this course.
If you have a question about the facility or registering for a class, please call Arc + Flame directly at 585-349-7110.
American Bladesmithing Society: Introduction to Bladesmithing (2-Week Course)
Certified by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and taught by ABS Master Smiths, this two week course is designed for anyone (beginners to experienced metal workers) who is interested in learning how to make high quality forged blades. Each day will include both lecture and hands-on time with an hour break for lunch. Lecture topics will include metal/material selection, blade function and blade design. Hands on time will include forging metal to shape, normalizing, heat treating, grinding and tempering. These semi-finished blades will then be tested for their cutting ability, edge holding, hardness and flexibility.
While handles and guards are not apart of this course they may be discussed. Students who successfully complete this course should be prepared to venture into a handles and guards course next so look through our other offerings.
Successful completion of this course will reduce the required 3 year waiting period to a 2 year wait as an ABS Apprentice member for eligibility to submit their knives for ABS Journeyman Smith judging.
NOTE: Bladesmithing Classes are very interactive and involve significant physical activity. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. If you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all of our students!
If you have any questions, please contact our Smithing Director, Candace Martens, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop Schedule (*Each bullet represents one session)
James Rodebaugh: The January 2020 Session will be taught by James Rodebaugh. He has been a Master Bladesmith for over a decade and a full time knife maker since 1999. “People tell me what I do is an art, but I don’t think that’s the case,” he said. “I don’t consider myself an artist. I think of myself as a craftsman.”
Kevin Cashen: The November 2020 Session will be co-taught by Kevin Cashen and JW Randall. Kevin is a full-time knifemaker that is devoted to the research and study of the history, science and methods of forged blades. He has been an American Bladesmith Society Master Smith since 1995, and has been an approved instructor for almost 20 years.
JW Randall: The November 2020 Session will be co-taught by Kevin Cashen and JW Randall. JW is a welder/fabricator that also builds custom knives. He received his Master Smith designation in 2003.
- Enrollment: 3 to 10 students
- All materials and safety equipment included.
- Experience: Open to all levels
- Breakfast snacks provided daily.
- Complimentary coffee and vending machines are available.
- Lunch for the full 2-week course is available for an additional $130 (must be purchased at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class). For those who wish to provide their own lunch a refrigerator and microwave will be available in the shop.
- This is a physically and mentally demanding class with full days in the shop, please come ready to get dirty and work hard!
NOTE: If you would like to participate in our lunch program, please purchase the separate "Blacksmithing Lunch Plan" that corresponds to your class (click here). If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
NOTE: Are you traveling from out of town? Click here for lodging + food information!
Student Health / Dress Code / Refund Policy:
NOTE: Our programs are designed to be as inclusive as possible. However, if you have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health please contact Arc + Flame Center at 585-349-7110 before signing up for this class. We want to ensure the best possible class experience for all our students. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Do NOT wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. Please read our class refund policy. If you have any questions, contact our administrative team at 585-349-7110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.