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Show and Tell

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

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Seward/Tendick Collab kwaiken - last post by Alan Longmire


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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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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My first knife - last post by Gabriel James

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

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Royal Armouries Collections - last post by Alan Longmire

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

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

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Here you can find teachers of the craft

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Sheaths and Leatherwork

Because every blade needs a sheath.

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

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Shop Safety

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

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Some shop ventilation ideas - last post by Gary Mulkey

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Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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Help with Mokume Gane? - last post by JJ Simon

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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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The Way

Open discussion about it all.

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A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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Post your book/video and other media type recommendations here.
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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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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 Richard Furrer

KITH 2012

"Knife in the Hat 2012"

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KITH 2013

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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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    Karter Schuster

    Might possibly be moving out and getting a place with my twin brother and his special lady, best part is it has a place to make into a workshop =)

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    Went turkey hunting over the weekend. 3 days in the mountains of New Mexico at 8700+ feet. No turkey in the freezer, but a great three days in the woods!

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    So many things that are just dead wrong in the preveiw of Iron and Fire .. guy is skilled and it is nice to see well finished work from a smith that isn't using powertools but...dude.. quenching due north really? REALLY? I thought we left that stuff back 10 years ago ..

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