This is the home page of cashenblades.com and Matherton Forge, the shop of Master Bladesmith Kevin R. Cashen. You may have noticed that you were redirected to this page from the old familiar cashenblades home page. This is a work in progress to bring you more content and information in an up to date, responsive format. Those looking for the familiar metallurgy and heat treat information can find it on the “information” link in the slider above, but soon there will be much more in a new and easier format.
Starting in the spring of 2017 I have began offering private classes on bladesmithing here at my Matherton Forge shop. For 20 years I have been teaching bladesmithing at colleges and schools around the U.S. (see more here: http://cashenblades.com/mathertonforge/index.php/teaching-consulting/). But I have found that private, one on one, classes at my own shop allow me to communicate more skills, much more effectively in a significantly shorter time. Classes are in any topic, from basic blade forging to advanced heat treating concepts, with curriculums that an be customized to your interests, a freedom not always available in public venues. Classes run from $300 to $350 per day depending on topic and materials required.
In my very long teaching career I have trained many bladesmiths from around the world who have went on to become certified Mastersmiths themselves. I look forward to helping you learn real skills from an established master of this ancient and noble craft. Feel free to contact me via e-mail or telephone for more information.
I am very often contacted by people hoping to place a custom order, unfortunately due to my extensive back log and busy teaching/speaking schedule I was forced to stop taking custom orders many years ago. When the waiting period approached 5 years and I had no way of telling people when they could get the knife they wanted I decided that I had to take a different direction in how I sell my blades. While I try to still meet some of my obligations to people who have literally waited years, I now set time aside to make those blades that I am most interested in for shows and special projects. These blades are then available for immediate sale when I finish them or when I return from a show with them. This system works much better by allowing me to have total control over my designs and to have the time to do my very best work with no deadlines, and does not leave customers waiting for an order.
Those interested in purchasing one of my blades from me can then be added to an e-mail list to be notified whenever my work becomes available. When a blade is available members of that list receive a notice directing them to a web page displaying the piece, where they have the first option to purchase before the item is listed publicly.
Those interested in being adding to the available work notification list can find a form here: http://cashenblades.com/mathertonforge/index.php/ordering/
This DVD is from a series that the American Bladesmith Society videoed during my demonstrations at the 2010 Mid-America Bladesmithing Symposium. Topics include- workrest & freehand grinding, grinding belt selection and tips, preplanning and preparation, blade profiling, blade centerlines and plunge cuts, grinding techniques, and more…