The road to a JS stamp

One of the things I have dedicated time to is the process of getting my ABS Journeyman Smith rating.  Part of the process for that entails putting a forged blade through a series of performance tests in front of a ABS Master smith.  Naturally getting ready for such an event involves practice; so forge a knife test it, repeat until it all works.  I’ve had a couple failures one made it almost all the way through the tests but broke at right near 90 degrees in the bend test.   Here is a video of my latest practice blade with captions that explains what is required.

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3 Responses to The road to a JS stamp

  1. Jimmy Seymour says:

    I hope to see you there. Are you going to wear the kilt? Is there anyone else from our class still making knives?

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  2. podforge says:

    It would be good to see you at blade. I haven’t decided if I am taking the kilt or not. AS to if anybody else from the class is still making knives, I haven’t got a clue. You are the only person from the class I managed to stay in touch with .

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    • jimmy seymour says:

      Mel Johns/buzz the guy with the winny the poo hat and Rob Weber got there JS stamps already. But other than that, I can’t think of anyone else still in it. The guy from New York got into to resale of knives but then he disappeared.

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