You can’t find knife education this great anywhere else. Check out these one-of-a-kind BLADE U classes taught by some of the best knife-makers in the world. Take a seat, and watch experienced makers and blade experts guide you through knife grinding, sharpening, joint work, pricing guidelines, exotic custom blades and more. Each session is jam packed with information, and offers the opportunity for you to learn from industry legends. But HURRY, only limited seats are available in each class!

BLADE U Classes: $25 each OR purchase 3 classes and save $10!

 *Online registration is now closed. However, you can still add your classes when you buy your ticket onsite.

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018

Knives the Forged Way

Construction of the Early American Belt Axe, with ABS master smith, Timothy Potier
10:00am – 11:30am 
Beginning with raw materials; each stage of development will be passed around to the class and explained in detail, including written handouts. 

Forged Fixed Blades: Heir Apparent to Tactical Folders, with Les Robertson from Robertson’s Custom Cutlery/BLADE field editor
12:30pm – 2:00pm 
Explanation of why forged fixed blades are trending upward in collectibility and tactical folders are not.

How to be a Forged in Fire Champion, with ABS master smith JW Randall and ABS journeyman smith Craig Camerer
2:30pm – 4:00pm 
Learn how to get on Forged in Fire and what to do once you get on the show from two past champions.

How to Hand Rub a Blade, with Nick Rossi from the New England School of Metalwork 
4:30pm – 5:30pm 
Learn how to hand rub a blade to a satin finish using stones and sandpaper. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018

How to Grind a Knife Blade – Part I, with knifemaker Tom Krein
8:30am – 9:30am 
Proper tools, safety gear, and tips.

How to Grind a Knife Blade – Part II, with knifemaker Tom Krein
9:45am – 10:45am 
How to prepare the blade for grinding, how to begin the grind, and more.

How to Grind a Knife Blade – Part III, with knifemaker Tom Krein
11:00am – 12:00pm 
How to do assorted grinds, grinder ergonomics, and more.

How to Design and Forge a Chef’s Knife, with ABS master smith Bill Burke
12:30pm – 1:45pm 
Includes the instructor’s design drawings, visual forging aids and discussion.

How to Make a “Dirty Chopper” Part I, with Nick Rossi from the New England School of Metalwork 
1:00pm – 2:00pm 
How to forge and heat treat (including edge quenching) the blade.

How to Make a “Dirty Chopper” Part II, with Nick Rossi from the New England School of Metalwork 
2:15pm – 3:00pm 
How to grind the blade.

How to Make a “Dirty Chopper” Part III, with Nick Rossi from the New England School of Metalwork 
3:15pm – 4:15pm 
How to cord wrap the handle.

How to Prevent Fires and Other Knife Shop Mishaps, with ABS master smith Wally Hayes
3:30pm – 4:45pm 
Mishaps and what to do when they happen. 

Latest Handle Materials, with Michael Sort Mouritsen of Raffir and Miles Wirtel of Santa Fe Stoneworks
5:00pm – 6:15pm 
All about the latest super synthetic by Raffir of Sweden, from the raw material, the cutting of it and application to the knife, including grinding and polish samples.


How to Do Custom Sheath Inlay, with custom knifemaker Herbert Derr 
8:30am – 9:30am 
Learn how to inlay exotic and other animal skins in sheaths.

How To Make a Bowie Knife, with HEPK master smith/BLADE contributor Chris Amos 
9:45am – 10:45am 
The instructor reprises his three-part BLADE® series on the subject.

Knife Collecting for Beginners, with Les Robertson from Robertson’s Custom Cutlery/BLADE field editor
9:45am – 10:45am 
Learn the ropes before you start buying knives. 

How To Sharpen Any Knife, with professional knife sharpener/BLADE field editor Dexter Ewing 
11:00am – 12:00pm 
Learn how to professionally sharpen your knives. 

How To Make the Goblin Folder, with knifemaking artist Dellana
11:00am – 12:15pm
Learn how it’s done from one who learned how to do it from the master, Jim Schmidt. 

Hamons and Their History, with ABS master smith Brion Tomberlin 
12:30pm – 1:45pm 
What a hamon is—including examples of both vintage and modern ones—a brief history, the steels and techniques used to achieve the best hamons and more.

All About Bushcraft Knives, with ABS master smith Scott McGhee 
2:00pm – 3:15pm 
Get schooled on how to design and make bushcraft knives.

How To Make a Balisong, with custom knifemaker Charles Gedraitis 
2:00pm – 3:15pm 
How to make different designs, the handles, latches and more.

What to Do with Your Antique Ivory Knives, with Capt. Chris Stanaback and scrimshander, Sandra Brady
3:30pm – 4:45pm 
Know what your legal and other options are concerning your collectible classics.