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ron w
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I kind of like the show on History channel but I have ask folks who know a lot more than me. Is the time frame they give these craftsman realistic or is just a for TV type format to entertain guys like me......???

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Ron,
If you ever attend an ABS hammer-in, many times they have a Battle of the Bladesmiths competition. They have two hours to make a complete knife...many finish before the two hour period is up.

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That is just amazing to me......being a toolmaker for 40 years and knowing what it takes to make something from scratch, to form something that fast......amazing.

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Ron, As Jeff said, it certainly is done from time to time at events. I have participated myself and enjoyed it. But, even though I have been asked to go on that show, I have refrained.

FIF has it's place and I support the guys who participate but I think the general public can get the wrong impression about the time it takes to make a knife. The last season, I have appreciated the fact that the officials point out things that lend to educating the public.

Actually I am hoping a show will eventually be created that will show knife making in a more realistic view with the quality of fit and finish emphasized instead of the timing. But I like watching it too.

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Thanks guys, you just don't know unless you ask. I asked in the right place.......lol

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Just like Lin said...all the Bladesmith challenge guys can do it in two hours...but it is no way equal to what they produce to sell. It is a fun exercise though.

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From my understanding, oven tempering on quenched blades is done off-camera and is not included in "contest" time.
Heck, we don't even see them torch tempering their blades.

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