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BLADE University: Few Seats Remain!

Few seats remain for BLADE University, the BLADE Show‘s classroom approach to teaching you all about your favorite subject—knives—from every angle. Held on the BLADE Show site at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, BLADE University will begin the day before the BLADE Show next week, June 5, and end June 7.

•TACTICAL KNIVES: In Knife Designs of The Masters, learn from such world-renowned tactical makers as Chris Reeve, Bill Harsey and Jerry Busse as they explain how they approach making their tactical and other knives, from the design process all the way to the completed knife;

Learn from the masters at BLADE University.

Hands-on teaching by such world-renowned knifemakers as ABS master smith Wally Hayes will highlight BLADE University.

•FORGING: Let ABS master smith Joe Keeslar and other members of the ABS take you through how the ABS tests applicants for journeyman and master smith status, how and why ABS smiths incorporate the concept of line and flow into their knives, and how to inlay wire in handles and sheaths. Also, ABS master smith Jerry Fisk will explain how he forges such knives as his award-winning Sendero model and others in his Knife Designs of The Masters class;

•COLLECTING: The knives of such legends as Bob Loveless, Bill Moran, Bo Randall and Jim Schmidt are among the world’s most collectible custom knives. Major Louis Chow, Dave Ellis and Gary Clinton will school you on which of the legends’ knives are most collectible, their values, what to look for and much more;

•EMBELLISHMENT: Glendo Corp. has a state-of-the-art engraving school in Emporia, Kansas, where it teaches some of the world’s finest engravers and also knifemakers the art of engraving. Learn from the experts via the latest in engraving equipment and hands-on instruction and much more in this comprehensive series of classes;

•TRADITIONAL POCKETKNIVES: Tony Bose has been making award-winning slip joints for decades and also designs special collaborations for W.R. Case & Sons. Allow him to share his extensive experience and knowledge on how he makes his famous saddlehorn trapper and other traditional pocketknife patterns;

•JAPANESE SWORDS: ABS master smith Wally Hayes forges both Japanese swords and knives and also specializes in their handles and fittings. Let him show you hands-on how to wrap Japanese handles and his approach to fittings and the wavy temper line known as the hamon.

For information on how to enroll, visit BLADE University.

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