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American Bladesmith Society

Intense two week (10 day) ABS classes taught by world-renowned ABS Master Bladesmiths.


* Kilroy's Club Members get 20% off. WITH the discount applied, members pay $1,150 plus $130 for materials for a total of $1,280

* Non-members - $1,470 plus $130 materials

Hotels, camping, and restaurants nearby. Refrigerator and microwave available onsite.

Ages 16+     |    LIMIT 8 STUDENTS!!!

For two weeks, an ABS-approved instructor will take students through a rigorous course designed to build and test bladesmithing skills through discussion and hands-on experience. During this time, students will gain the knowledge necessary to create quality blades, practically apply new skills, and receive feedback from one of the best ABS Master Bladesmiths in the world.


Topics covered include stock selection, knife design and forging, the “why” behind heat treating, grind techniques, finish work, and more! Upon completion of the course, students should be able to craft a quality blade capable of passing an ABS Journeyman Smith test. If the student desires, the ABS will waive one year from the required three-year Journeyman Smith waiting period once the class is successfully completed. 

If you are traveling from outside the Colorado Springs area there are a TON of hotels and campgrounds nearby. You are responsible for lunch, but we do have a refrigerator and microwave in our lobby, and there are multiple grocery stores near our facility.

What does it mean to take an ABS Intro to Bladesmithing class?

Next Class: Oct 21 - Nov 1, 2019 (M-F each week)

Instructor: James Rodebaugh

James Rodebaugh earned his ABS Master Smith title in 2004 and is one of the most respected master bladesmiths in the country. A former U.S. Marine and Federal Law Enforcement Officer, Rodebaugh became a full-time bladesmith in 1999, and has crafted quality blades at J.L. Rodebaugh Blade Studios in Carpenter, Wyoming, ever since. His passion for working with his hands and crafting wonderful things is constantly reflected in his blades, and he is dedicated to helping others harness that same passion. When he is not bladesmithing or hunting, Rodebaugh travels the country as a teacher with the American Bladesmith Society and frequently speaks on knifemaking. 

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