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  1. General

    1. Forum News

      Adminstrative News and Comments

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    2. New Board Issues

      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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  2. New Work

    1. Show and Tell

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

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    2. Photography

      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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    3. Video and Multimedia

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

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    4. 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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    5. Design and Critique

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

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  3. Old Work

    1. History

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

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    2. 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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    3. Library

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

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  4. Forge Work

    1. Hot Work and Bladesmithing

      This is the place for all questions related to forging and hot work.

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    2. Hot Work

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

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    3. 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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    4. Beginners Place

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

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    5. Teacher Directory

      Here you can find teachers of the craft

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  5. Forges, Tools, Equipment and Materials

    1. Tools and Tool Making

      The tools of the trade and how to make them.

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  6. Finishing, Tips and Tricks

    1. Fit and Finish

      Discussion, tips, tricks and questions about finishing.

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    2. Sheaths and Leatherwork

      Because every blade needs a sheath.

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    3. Carving and Applied Arts

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

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    4. Shop Safety

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

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    5. Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

      Non-Ferrous: fittings, alloys, patinas

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  7. Heat Treating

    1. Metallurgy and other enigmas

      Questions and discussions about heat treating.

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    2. Heat Treating by Alloy

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

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  8. Events

    1. Events of Interest

      Post your classes, hammerins, shows and events of interest.

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  9. Discussion

    1. The Way

      Open discussion about it all.

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    2. Firey Beards

      A Place for Smithing TomFoolery

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    3. Books, Videos, and other Media

      Post your book/video and other media type recommendations here.
      Links to interesting articles / websites.
      Anything related to the craft.

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  10. Tailgate Sales

    1. 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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  11. Hall of Fame

    1. Nominations

      Nominate a thread for inclusion in the hall of fame. Reply to existing threads to cast your vote for or against the inclusion.

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    2. 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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    3. WIP/Tutorial Hall of Fame

      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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  12. Pinned Topics

    1. Pinned Show and Tell

      This is the home for pinned topics

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    2. Pinned Hot Work Topics

      Home for pinned hot work topics

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    3. Pinned Buttons and Bloomers

      Pinned threads relating to casting, smelting and making steel

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  13. Maker's Mark Registry

    1. Maker's Mark Registry

      Post your own mark here

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    2. Marks to be Identified

      Use this forum to post unknown marks.

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  14. KITH

    1. 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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    2. KITH 2012

      "Knife in the Hat 2012"

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    5. KITH 2015

      Just what it says!

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  • Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Gary LT

      Gentlemen,
      Although I do not post much I am on this site most everyday. I enjoyed participating in KITH, exchanging with you guys. After nine years of job searching and working at lower end positions, last September I got lucky and found a position akin to my background and experience. God is good. I did relocate to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in a temporary residence until we sell our place which is near Atlanta. Working long hours but I do have free weekends, except when traveling. I haven't forged anything in 7 months, so I am looking to find some folks who can suggest where I can hook with other iron artists in the area. If anyone is near or used to live near Broward county , FL, I would appreciate any advice.
      Kind regards, Gary LT
      · 3 replies
    • Matthew Parkinson

      spend all day finishing a folder ... only to destroy the burl in the last ten min.. and starting over ... should have just finished up the other ten knives i wanted done for the show ..
       
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    • Mike A  »  JJ Simon

      I'm new to the forum folks so I don't know if this question can be asked here. What are some of the best books in your opinion for beginning blacksmiths/knife makers? And specifically, books that may address how metals will react under certain conditions? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. I would rather read up on the art and physics of heated and cooled metals before any practical applications. Thanks. 
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    • Jonas Liebel

      Check out my youtube channel - Bloodforge Knives -
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    • Joshua States

      Not for nothing, but the new search engine seems to work pretty well!
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