HCC offers bladesmith course

Haywood Community College will offer a “Handles and Guards” course through the American Bladesmith Society, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 13 through 17. Students will be instructed on how to create a knife of professional quality.

Students should know how to forge and grind blades before taking this course and should have at least two finished blades to bring to class. The course will cover handles, guards, butt caps, decorative file work, spiral dagger handles, silver inlay work, finished blades and more.

The course will be taught by John Perry, a mastersmith since 2005. His specialties are investment grade and working with folders, Bowies, and hunters.

The cost is $700. 828.565.4243.

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