Becoming a Master Bladesmith is a grueling process that takes many years. As a result there are under 125 knifemakers who have passed the Master Bladesmith tests set out by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS).
The ABS is the sanctioning body of the journeyman and Master Smith designations. There are three stages to becoming a Master Bladesmith: Apprentice, Journeyman, and then the Master Smith. Read the full blog to find out the details on each stage and the two-step evaluation process that includes performance tests and a judging panel.