Join ABS Mastersmith Ed Caffrey at the forge as he walks you through Basic Bladesmithing. If you are a beginner, this video will help you develop the foundation necessary for forging your own blades. If you are already familiar with the forge, Ed’s methods will help you enhance the quality of your work.
Each packed with valuable information, this video is the first in a series of Bladesmithing videos with Ed Caffrey. When you have mastered the techniques in this video, you will be ready to move on to the Damascus series (available from Artisan). But first learn the basics from an American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith.
Note: This video shows methods using a forge, a hydraulic press, and a power hammer.
Ed Caffrey began making knives in 1982, shortly after joining the Air Force. He earned his ABS Journeyman Smith rating in 1994, and his ABS Mastersmith rating in 2000. In December 2003, after 22 years of service, he retired from the Air Force to pursue Bladesmithing on a full time basis. He has served as a judge at the Journeyman Smith level for the American Bladesmith Society and his work has appeared in Blade Magazine, Fighting Knives Magazine, Knives Illustrated Magazine, the Knives Annual, and The Wall Street Journal.