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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 little yellow - last post by Emiliano Carrillo


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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Damascus and burl fighter. - last post by j.g.emmerling

Design and Critique

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

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duan jian - last post by Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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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KITH for 2014 - last post by GEzell

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

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Some museum blades - last post by Dave Stephens

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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The Passing of John White - last post by Gary Mulkey


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

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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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Found commercial source of... - last post by Alan Longmire

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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Where to begin? - last post by Darrell @ warehamforge.ca

Beginners Place

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

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Anvil 101 - 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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The tools of the trade and how to make them.

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Fit and Finish

Discussion, tips, tricks and questions about finishing.

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What is this finish? - last post by James Spurgeon

Sheaths and Leatherwork

Because every blade needs a sheath.

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High dollar rig - last post by Justin leonard

Carving and Applied Arts

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

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Japanese help needed - last post by Christopher Price

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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What is Amorphous Metal? - last post by John Page

Heat Treating by Alloy

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

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O1 tool steel - last post by Justin leonard

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Events of Interest

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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metallurgy comic - last post by Jim P

Books, Videos, and other Media

Post your book/video and other media type recommendations here.
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Fiction recommendations (pl... - last post by Collin Miller

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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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Uli's Rising Hope Knife - last post by Tre Asay

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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A mid 15th C longsword - last post by B. Norris

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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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THE RISING HOPE WIP - last post by drumcharlie

Pinned Hot Work Topics

Home for pinned hot work topics

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Process Pictures (was Heat... - last post by Dennis Mitchell

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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 Tito

Marks to be Identified

Use this forum to post unknown marks.

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    Finally off the road and back in the shop. Metal makes sense. People are friggin' crazy.

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    Karter Schuster

    Seems every blade I make likes to get its own unique draw of my blood, seems I make 'em feisty... (who am I kidding I am a clumsy arse at the worst times)

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    Al Massey

    Remembering what a goldsmith told me twenty years ago- "One well-informed criticism of something you've done, no matter how much it stings, is worth more than the next twenty quick compliments you get."

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    Philip Patton

    "The blacksmith and the artist Reflect it in their art They forge their creativity Closer to the heart, yes closer to the heart." How many other Rush fans are there out there?

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