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Show and Tell

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

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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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Learning the camera :-( - last post by Brian Dougherty

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

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carving a handle for a Finn... - last post by Dale Torma

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

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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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Kydex outsourcing? - 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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Tips and hints to keep you in one piece and not bleeding

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My New Dust Collector - last post by J.Arthur Loose

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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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Heat Treating by Alloy

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

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4th century Celtic, much info? - last post by Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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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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KITH 2014

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KITH 2015

Just what it says!

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    Anyone know Kanji that can translate this for a friend? 今古有神奉志士 He says "This sequence is not a grammatically complete sentence; I'm just looking for the closest translation." It's on a mass-produced Katana, judging by the regularity of the hamon

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