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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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The landscape that shaped us. - last post by Tre Asay

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

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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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Damascus and burl fighter. - last post by Salem Straub

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

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Staff-Sword for Character i... - last post by JeremyDavis

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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KITH 2013

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KITH 2014

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KITH WIP - last post by mike desensi

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

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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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Buster Warenski? - last post by Ray Hammond


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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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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How does CITES work? - last post by Jim Kelso

Teacher Directory

Here you can find teachers of the craft

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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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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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Questions and discussions about heat treating.

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Wagon axle, wrought iron? - last post by Dion

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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Firey Beards

A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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

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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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Marks to be Identified

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    My brother was in the shop today while I was working on a knife. I was carefully carving the belt loop into a scabbard and sanding it on the inside. My brother looked up at me and said, "Y'know, when all that's finished, nobody is going to pay as much attention to any o'that lil' stuff as you are now." No, no they won't. lol

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