For millennia, people have been making knives, swords, daggers, and other blades using a forge, hammer, anvil, and other smithing tools. Today at Tech this ancient practice is carried on by the members of the Bladesmithing Club. Art, history, and science intersect at this student organization, where Tech students make blades, do academic research, and present at conferences.
Club members can work on personal projects, but the Bladesmithing Club is more than just a hobby group. It is a full research group, producing technical papers, posters, and videos. The club members have gone to several conferences, showing off knives they have made and presenting research on forgeability and corrosion-resistance of metals. They also do lots of outreach, hosting events and demos for both college and high school students.
The club is open to all who want to learn the process of bladesmithing. Matt Dougherty, the club treasurer, says “It’s a lot of fun, good research opportunity for metallurgy. We don’t care what major you’re from; it’s all about having fun and learning forging.” The members usually meet up every few weeks, and the club can be contacted at email@example.com.