How to Join the American Bladesmith Society

You can join the ABS online by clicking the “Join” button in the upper right corner of the website homepage and providing the requested information and following the onscreen instructions. You can also join the ABS by contacting the ABS office at with any questions.


What are the types of ABS memberships?

Bladesmiths and knife makers join the ABS as Regular members and are rated as Apprentice Smiths. Those with an interest in the forged blade but are not knife makers can join as Associate/Collector members. Regular, Associate/Collector, and youth members can join for one (1) or five (5) year terms. Youth memberships are available for youth under eighteen (18) years of age.


Annual Memberships expire on December 31st each year.


What is the cost?

1 Year Membership

    Regular membership     $60

    Associate membership  $30 

    Youth membership        $15


5 Year Membership

      Regular membership     $250

      Associate membership  $125 


How do I register for and join the ABS Forum?

You must be a member of the ABS to register for and join the Forum and have full user privileges on the Forum and Gallery. The public can view most areas of the ABS Forum and Gallery.


Can I join the ABS if I live outside of the USA?

Yes. We extend an invitation to you to join. We have members on six (6) continents and in twenty-one (21) countries.


How do ABS members renew their annual membership?

ABS members can Renew their memberships online by logging into their account with their username and password and following the onscreen instructions. Members can also Renew by contacting the ABS office at and obtaining a mail in renewal form. Annual ABS memberships expire on December 31st each year.