Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing

“If it weren’t for Bill Moran, the namesake of this school, there wouldn’t be an American Bladesmith Society, there wouldn’t be modern Damascus steel, there probably wouldn’t be a TV show called Forged in Fire. The art of bladesmithing would have been lost. It’s impossible to give him too much credit.”
B.R. Hughes
Founding member of the American Bladesmith Society

Upcoming Classes

New for 2022

Introduction to Bladesmithing Scholarship

Arizona Custom Knives, home of the largest selection of custom knives in the world, made a generation donation to the Texarkana College Foundation to provide scholarships for knife enthusiasts looking to enroll in the Introduction to Bladesmithing class at Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing beginning in January of 2022.

We are now accepting applications for the September (9/17-9/24 8a – 5p) and October (10/17-10/24 8a-5p) Introduction to Bladesmithing class.

Applications are now closed for the April Introductions to Bladesmithing class.

Since 1988, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has offered world-class training in beginning bladesmithing, Damascus steel, handles and guards, advanced grinding, and more. Thousands of bladesmiths, including a number of master smiths and journeyman smiths, got their start right here at our bladesmithing school. In fact, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing was the world’s first bladesmithing school of its kind.

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