American Bladesmith Society Forum and Gallery

Only active members of the American Bladesmith Society, Inc. are eligible to register as forum members and gain full access.


During registration for the Forum please use your first and last name as your user name, and the same email address that the ABS has on the membership database for you to register. Your user name and password for the Forum are separate and distinct from your login to the ABS website. The Forum Administrator will use the registration information that you provide to verify your ABS membership and email address. After verification of your email address and confirmation of ABS membership you will receive an email from the Forum Administrator advising that your registration request has been accepted and validated. You will then be able to Login as a member of the ABS Forum with full user privileges.


Our mission is preserving and promoting the ancient craft of the forged blade through education, testing, and certification. Only active members of the American Bladesmith Society are eligible to register as members of the forum to exchange their knowledge about the forged blade and bladesmithing techniques. It is with these standards in mind that the discussions and images posted on the Forum are conducted and displayed in a professional manner in keeping with our goal of education.
Please keep these standards and rules in mind while posting to the Forum. Show respect for the opinions of others and remember that a zero tolerance policy is enforced for inappropriate language or damaging remarks about individuals or their work. The sale or offering for sale of knives or edged weapons through the Forum is prohibited.

The Forum has two Calendars. The American Bladesmith Society Calendar is maintained by the Forum Administrator to post ABS events and class schedules for the ABS schools at Texarkana College, Haywood Community College, and the New England School of Metalwork for the community to view. The Community Calendar can be used by members to post bladesmithing events for the community to view.

The Gallery can be used by members to upload images you wish to share with the community. The image posting size guidelines specify that you keep the image uploads under 800x800 or less and under 135k in size.

Guests and non ABS members have read only access to most but not all areas of the Forum.


You can join the American Bladesmith Society, Inc online through this website by clicking on the "Join" tab at the top of the Homepage and following the instructions for information and dues payment on the screens.



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