A note from an ABS Journeyman candidate

A Twitter follower and bladesmith happened to be taking his journeyman test the same morning I ran the ABS piece.

Steve Grosvenor is the owner and bladesmith of Red Rock Tools in South Dakota. He happens to follow us on Twitter (@knifetruth) and saw the piece we ran last Friday on the American Blade Society and their Master’s test. He sent us the above tweet because by sheer coincidence he was undergoing the performance test for Journeyman that very day.

I wished him luck and found myself looking forward to hearing how it went. I check the statistics for the site several times a day, and as I tracked the views for the ABS piece I couldn’t help but think of Steve.


Steve’s bent but intact blade, signed by the members of the jury.

Well, it turns out he passed the performance portion of the test. Now onto the presentation knives.

His gallery of work to date is pretty impressive, and he is already forging Damascus, one of the requirements if he ever wants to test for Master.


One of Steve’s blades from his photo gallery

Steve has agreed to write a guest piece for TTAK on his experiences leading up to his test. I think it will be fun to read a first hand account of someone going through the experience. I look forward to bringing it to you.

Until then, here is a video of Steve testing a blade in preparation for his test.

Congrats Steve from all of us at TTAK. We look forward to seeing what you come up with next.


(Update/Correction: Steve informed me that he only tested for the performance portion, and that he has up to 3 years to make his 5 presentation knives. The title and text has been corrected accordingly)


  1. Sam L. says:

    I eagerly await.

  2. Sam L. says:

    OK, watched that 4 times and still don’t know exactly what I’m watching. Exactly what is going on?

    1. Heh.

      The final performance test, post rope, 2×4 and armhair cutting is the knife gets put in a vise and bent to 90 degrees. It isn’t allowed to break.

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