Since 1988, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has offered world-class training in beginning bladesmithing, Damascus steel, handles and guards, advanced grinding, and more. Thousands of bladesmiths, including a number of master smiths and journeyman smiths, got their start right here at our bladesmithing school. In fact, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing was the world’s first bladesmithing school of its kind, created as a partnership between Texarkana College and the American Bladesmith Society that was spearheaded by the legendary Bill Moran.
Our online beginner bladesmithing curriculum is based on our tried and true in-person training techniques. Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing is taught by ABS Journeyman Smith Don McIntosh and ABS Master Smith Mike Williams, who are fixtures in the worldwide bladesmithing community. Whether you’re a total beginner or you’re already a bit familiar with the field, this course will be worth it. People from all over the world travel to our school to learn the skills and techniques needed to become a bladesmith—but you have access to it right here.
This is the ultimate online training that gives you everything you need to get started as a bladesmith. Our course includes an introductory class and hands-on work for anyone interested in making quality hand-forged blades. With HD video, downloadable resources, interactive components, and self-assessments, you’ll learn the steps to forging, grinding, heat treating, and finishing your first blade. While you’ll need some tools and equipment to start working on your knife, you can access your course material and learn about techniques and vocabulary from the comfort of your couch, bed, local cafe… you name it! If you have a laptop, an Internet connection, and the basic equipment we recommend in our course, you can delve into bladesmithing online in your own time, at your own pace. When you purchase this course, you have immediate access to all course materials. The course is self-led, so you get to choose which sections and activities you complete—there are no grades or deadlines!
Thanks to our exciting new online course, you too can enroll in the world’s oldest and most trusted modern bladesmithing school of its kind—without having to set foot on campus. Our trusted faculty and time-tested curriculum will teach you everything you need to know to immerse yourself in the ancient art of bladesmithing and learn to make high-quality hand-forged blades.
How can you possibly learn bladesmithing online, you may ask? Many of the master smiths and journeyman smiths who have taught at Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing say they got their start by reading instructional books and practicing in their own back yards. Imagine learning how to make a knife by reading a book! We decided that if these experts could get a solid introduction to the craft by reading a book, we could absolutely build a high-quality, in-depth, video-heavy online course that mirrors what students learn in our world-famous bladesmithing school.
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