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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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Bearded axe - last post by PederVisti


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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ABS hammerin at NESM 2015 - last post by Kabe Wolf

Video and Multimedia

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

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Folding Bloom Steel - last post by Josh A Weston

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

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How big do bronze swords get? - last post by Collin Miller

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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F. J. Richtig - last post by Collin Miller


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

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Book of Kelso Work - last post by SteveShimanek

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Hot Work and Bladesmithing

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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Exploding Blades when oil q... - last post by Orien M

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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Made an Evenstad! - last post by grpaavola

Beginners Place

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

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Crack! - last post by Alan Longmire

Teacher Directory

Here you can find teachers of the craft

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CT Wolcott (near waterbury CT) - last post by Matthew Parkinson

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Fit and Finish

Discussion, tips, tricks and questions about finishing.

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Accounting for wood shrinkage - last post by andrew zimba

Sheaths and Leatherwork

Because every blade needs a sheath.

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Carving and Applied Arts

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

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Raised inlay video clip - last post by Jan Ysselstein

Shop Safety

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

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10 habits to avoid - last post by Collin Miller

Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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Metallurgy and other enigmas

Questions and discussions about heat treating.

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Hotest Stainless steels the... - last post by steven smith

Heat Treating by Alloy

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

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Heat Treating AEB-L - last post by Brian C Madigan

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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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Firey Beards

A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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Playing for handles, I win! - last post by Dan P.

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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Maker's Mark Registry

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Makers marks - last post by Jonathan Hall

Marks to be Identified

Use this forum to post unknown marks.

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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 Isaac Humber

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 DaveEvans

KITH 2014

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my KITH, WIP - last post by B. Norris

KITH 2015

Just what it says!

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