4 p.m.-6 p.m. Let the Pros Up Your Knife Game, Room 104. You benefit from the decades of knowledge and experience of our all-star panel of knifemakers as they consider a knife made by you. They will examine your knife and share with you what’s good, what may need tweaking, suggest possible improvements, etc. Bring one knife only. Limited seating.
Panel members are award-winning knifemakers RJ Martin and Bill Ruple along with ABS master smiths Harvey Dean, Jerry Fisk, Jason Knight and Steve Schwarzer.
Bushcraft remains one of the hottest uses of knives, and Joe Flowers of Condor Tool & Knife not only designs knives for the purpose but also uses them on a regular basis and teaches bushcraft as well. His class will focus on using large bushcraft knives for small bushcraft tasks.
With the popularity of super steels CPM S30V, S35VN, 20CV and others in the knife market, people are learning how difficult they can be to sharpen. Award-Winning Knifemaker RJ Martin will show you which sharpeners to use and how to use them so your blades of such steels will be ready to cut most anything.
ABS master smith Bill Burke will touch on the blade shapes for European and Japanese chef's knives and how he makes them, including a discussion of flat, convex and S grinds, and the merits and drawbacks of each.
Steve Rapp will walk you through the process of constructing a chape and locket for a scabbard or sheath, from choosing the material to forming, soldering and finishing the fittings. He will cover several design variations, including finials, belt studs and solder seam placement.
In A Military History of Daggers, award-winning knifemakers Bill Harsey and Les George bring decades of dagger design experience to the fore to present this most educational and entertaining class on daggers used by military personnel over many years and in many conflicts.
The addition and use of a 9-inch disc grinder revolutionized ABS master smith Timothy Potier's approach to grinding knives. His disc demonstration will show the ease in obtaining a flat finish to knives using finer and finer grits, and eliminating the need to hand sand.
ABS master smith Murray Carter will cover the essential skills and attitude it takes to earn a living making knives. The class will be taken directly from Murray’s upcoming book "How to Make a Living Making Knives.”
ABS master smith Ron Newton will outline keyhole handles made with both simple tools and complex machinery, including basic wood keyhole handles and non-forgiving handle materials such as carbon fiber, stag and ivory.
Photographer Caleb Royer will show you how to photograph knives with a phone. You will learn the best camera app to use and the best lighting for your photos, plus how to angle the knife properly. You will learn how to pick the best background and how to get the highest quality images with your smartphone.
What happens when a knife gets dull? How do you know when to sharpen it? Bring your own knife or borrow a demo model and learn the progression of shaping a bevel, sharpening and edge maintenance with Work Sharp. You will get hands-on practice and experience sharpening your blade using a variety of sharpeners and abrasives, from whetstones to belts.
Knives made of a takedown construction—as the name suggests, knives built so they take apart quickly for easy cleaning, replacement of parts, etc.—are and have been hot. Knifemaker of note John Young will show you how to do it, including knife alignment, the fit of parts and the entire construction, including models with both straight- and tapered-frame handles.