Class: Basic Home (Shop) Set Up for a Beginner
When: Saturday, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
ABS master smith Kyle Royer will take you step-by-step through setting up your shop using budget-friendly beginner tools to create a quality knife.
I am twenty nine years old (born 1990) and a master smith through the American Bladesmith Society. I have been blessed by God to be able to be a full-time knifemaker and I love my job! I specialize in forged fixed blade knives and also make many other types of knives such as automatic folders, slip-joint folders and liner lock folders. I am beginning to learn the art of engraving. I like to inlay gold and/or silver in my knives.
The first knife I made was a folder, I made the frame out of a solid piece of steel and took the blade out of another knife on which the frame was broke but the blade was still good, then I pinned the blade into the frame that I had made, and I had my first knife.
Shortly after I decided to make a knife for a 4-H project, so I went to the library and got a book on how to make knives and learned how to heat-treat a blade, pin handles etc… thus my first fixed blade was born. I made the blade out of an old file and the ferrule out of a small piece of mild steel, the handle I made out of an old piece of deer antler that I found on our property, I epoxied it all together with J B weld, pinned it with a brass pin, and I had my first fixed blade knife. After the 4-H knife I made a couple knives a year and learned how to make Cable Damascus, for my handles I used stag (deer antler).
In March of 2007, I went to the W.F. Moran School of Bladesmithing in Old Washington, Arkansas where I took a two week class on Intro to Bladesmithing under ABS master smiths Bert Gaston and Greg Neely. This is where I learned how to make a blade that would pass the ABS Journeyman Smith Performance Test, after that I took a class on Handles and Guards under ABS master smith Jim Walker where I learned how to make handles out of stag, exotic woods and many other materials. I also learned how to make guards, ferrules and how to do some filework. I’ve also taken two, week-long classes with master smith Ron Newton which have been instrumental.
Just after the school I learned how to make leather sheaths. My favorite handle materials are Desert Ironwood, Mammoth Ivory, Sambar Stag and and African Blackwood. My favorite steels are 1084 and 15N20 for my Damascus, and for my plain carbon blades I like 5160 and W2. I make all of my own Damascus with a forge and a forty ton hydraulic press that my Dad and I made, I forge my blades to shape by hand on my 400 pound anvil that my Dad and I built.
In June, 2011 I received my master smith Stamp at the Atlanta BLADE Show. Now that I have been granted my MS certification I have a desire to expand my field and continue learning and pushing what I learn as far as I can. God has given me all the opportunities and teachers that I’ve had and I thank Him for giving me the ability to do something I love.