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Now Offering Private Classes



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:  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.

Welcome to

This is the home page of 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.