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This is a temporary forum for you to be able to report issues you have following our message board upgrade. It will be removed at a later time.

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Show and Tell

This is the place to post the pictures of your latest work.

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The Twins  ...not identical... - last post by Alveprins


This is an area for photos. They don't have to be knife related, just images that you created that you want to share. I have had great fun with my digital camera and find it is a way to open the creative vein. Keep the images no larger than 640x480 and around 50k.

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Prodution work and Zen - last post by Gerald Boggs

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A dedicatd forum for posting videos and other forms of animated multimedia.

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Knives For Sale

This forum is to provide a place for members to offer their knives for sale. No dealer or commercial postings, but if you have a knife that you made and would like to offer it for sale please feel free to post.

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Design and Critique

A place to show your work and receive design help and critique.

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Making Some Damascus for IC... - last post by Karim

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A place to discuss the history of bladesmithing and share information about blades from all cultures

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Trying to identify two swords - last post by Brian C Madigan

Old Masters

A place to share information and photos of past Masters of the craft. No living makers please and be sure to have permission to post images.

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Bros. Dahlgren out of the W... - last post by Ernest Dubois


A resource to list references, video and books that would add to the general knowledge of the craft.

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This is the place for all questions related to forging and hot work.

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Hot Work

This forum is to replace the old hot work and bladesmithing forum. Please post new topics here.

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Bloomers and Buttons

For the growing field of smelting iron and steel. This forum is open to crucible and bloomery discussions.

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Lee Sauder, international f... - last post by Alan Longmire

Beginners Place

All "newbies" / beginners, please post your questions in this forum. Thanks.

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help with brass boosters on... - last post by Wes Detrick

Teacher Directory

Here you can find teachers of the craft

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Fit and Finish

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Sources to order Japanese N... - last post by Daniel Cauble

Sheaths and Leatherwork

Because every blade needs a sheath.

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Attaching metal chape and t... - last post by Alan Longmire

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Discussion of techniques related to decorative arts such as carving, engraving, chasing, repousse, filing etc.

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Wood carving tools - last post by Wes Detrick

Shop Safety

Tips and hints to keep you in one piece and not bleeding

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Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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Metallurgy and other enigmas

Questions and discussions about heat treating.

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Heat Treating by Alloy

A catalog of methods for proper heat treatment of blade steels arranged by particular alloy

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Post your classes, hammerins, shows and events of interest.

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The Way

Open discussion about it all.

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Broken Sword Help. - last post by Dave Stephens

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A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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Books, Videos, and other Media

Post your book/video and other media type recommendations here.
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Tools, Supplies and Materials

A place to sell and where to find materials and supplies. This forum is intend for the use of our members and is not for commercial purposes.

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Show and Tell Hall of Fame

Work voted by members to be the most significant contributions to the forum within the Show and Tell category.

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Work voted by members to be the most significant step-by-step tutorial or Work in Progress (WIP) contributions to the forum .

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Home for pinned hot work topics

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Pinned threads relating to casting, smelting and making steel

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Marks to be Identified

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KITH 2011

A forum for WIP threads to be posted of those participating in the 2011 "Knife in the Hat" event.

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Procrastinate... We all do it. - last post by Connor J. Myers-Norton

KITH 2012

"Knife in the Hat 2012"

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And the KITHs winners are:  ! - last post by Caleb Harris

KITH 2013

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not recieving a KITH piece - last post by GEzell

KITH 2014

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my KITH, WIP - last post by B. Norris

KITH 2015

Just what it says!

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KITH 2016

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