Explore what BLADE University 2017 had to offer, while getting ready for 2018. Speakers are being booked and classes planned right now. Expect bigger and better from BLADE U. next year!

ABS Series: $100
Includes all 4 classes!

BLADE U Classes: $25 each
Purchase 3 to save $10! (excludes ABS Series)


Knives the ABS Way | Room 104 and/or the Courtyard

  • How To Checker Knife Handles, with ABS master smith Timothy Potier
  • 10am - 11:30am
  • How to Design A Purpose-Built Knife and How to Etch & Polish a Damascus Blade, with ABS master smith Jim Rodebaugh
  • 12:30pm - 2pm
  • How To Make a Brut de Forge Knife, with ABS master smith Joe Keeslar
  • 2:15pm - 4:15pm
  • How To Make a Pipe Tomahawk, with ABS journeyman smith Butch Sheely
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm

FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017

How To Filework Knives, with ABS master smith/BLADE® field editor Joe Szilaski
8:30am - 9:30am | Room 109 
How to filework the liners and backbar of a folder, and how to make it all match up.

How To Grind a Knife Blade - Part I, with knifemaker Tom Krein
8:30am - 9:30am | Room 107 
Proper tools, safety gear, and tips.

How To Grind a Knife Blade - Part II, with knifemaker Tom Krein
9:45am - 10:45am | The Courtyard 
How to prepare the blade for grinding, how to begin the grind, and more.

How To Grind a Knife Blade - Part III, with knifemaker Tom Krein
11am - 12pm | The Courtyard 
How to do assorted grinds, grinder ergonomics, and more.

Steel: The Heart of the Knife, with knifemaker/BLADE field editor Abe Elias
10:30am - 12pm | Room 107 
How steel is made, blade geometry, edge retention, and more.

How To Make a Throwing Knife With Simple Tools, with ABS master smith Wally Hayes
12:30pm - 1:45pm | Room 104 
How to design, make and heat treat a throwing knife.

The Best Edge for The Job, with knifemaker/BLADE field editor Abe Elias
2pm - 3:15pm | Room 107 
How to choose the most efficient types of blade edges for various cutting tasks.

How To Design a Slip Joint, with ABS master smith Steve Culver
3:30pm - 4:45pm | Room 109 
Learn a fail-proof method for a slip joint that will always work correctly.

What to Look For in a Blade Steel, with Bob Skibitski of Niagara Specialty Metals
5pm - 6:15pm | Room 107 
CPM vs. air-melt steels, properties of various elements and why you can or can’t add certain ones, heat treating and more.


Knifemaking for Kids, with Jason Brous
8:30am - 9:30am | Room 107 
How to get started, equipment, tools, materials and more.

How To Make Custom Scissors, with knifemaker Grace Horne of Sheffield, England
9:45am - 10:45am | Room 107 
Learn the subtleties and secrets of making scissors, including the pivot, twist and curve of the blades, heat treating and more.

How To Do The Japanese Handle Wrap - Part I, with swordsmith Wally Hostetter
9:45am - 10:45am | Room 109 
The proper Japanese method of tsuka maki — the wrapping of a tsuka (handle).

How To Do The Japanese Handle Wrap - Part II, with swordsmith Wally Hostetter 
11am - 12pm | Room 109 
Wally Hostetter concludes his two-part class on tsuka maki.

How To Color-Case-Harden Knife Parts, with knifemaker Les George
11am - 12:15pm | Room 104 
Learn the process of adding a multi-colored hard surface to mild steel for use in various knife parts.

How To Give Damascus Blades Chatoyance, with ABS journeyman smith Brian Thie
12:30pm - 1:45pm | Room 104 
Learn the keys to giving damascus the almost mirror-polished look called chatoyance without the mirror polish.

How To Make the Best Stag Handle, with ABS master smith David Lisch
2pm - 3:15pm | Room 109 
Learn how to select and dry bed stag, how to index the parts and more.

How to Price Custom Knives, with Johnny Stout
2pm - 3:15pm | Room 104 
Learn how to price custom knives from a maker who has done it for years.

Draw It, Grind It, Sharpen It with L.T. Wright of L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives
3:30pm - 4:45pm | Room 109 
Learn how to make a knife, including examples of how knives look in various stages of completion.

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