AUBURN — The art of forging knives — making your own knives — will be on display this Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the New England Bladesmithing Symposium and Knife Show comes to town.

The American Bladesmith Society will be bringing the show to the New England School of Metalwork, 7 Albistan Way. One feature of the show is a chance for the public to forge a knife with the assistance of an ABS journeyman smith and take the blade home.

The show will feature instruction and demonstrations by ABS mastersmiths and journey smiths from Maine, Connecticut, Maryland, Alabama, Texas, Colorado and Canada. The show “is a chance to learn from New England’s best bladesmiths. As this is the first ABS hammer ever held in this region, this will truly be a major ground-breaker,” said Mastersmith Greg Neely, chairman of the ABS Board of Directors.

The show will be open to the public free of charge from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, offering on display the works of ABS mastersmiths and journey smiths, an auction and a cutting demonstration. For those wanting to take part in the other demonstrations, instruction and the knife-forging event during the three-day event, registration is $55.

Register at the New England School of Metalwork on Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., or Friday at 8 a.m. The school can be contacted at 888-753-7502. For more information, contact Auburn ABS Mastersmith Don Fogg at 205-522-8646, or e-mail him at [email protected]

The ABS is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the preservation of the art of the forged blade.


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