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Master Bladesmith

In Read on September 29, 2010 at 7:31 am

Burt Foster is a bladesmith who lives in Virginia and makes blades by hand.  He is one of only 114 people in the world with the title “Master Bladesmith.”

Foster works mostly by hand, spending between six and 50 hours on each creation. “Knifemaking is not like punching a clock,” Foster says. “There are no templates or patterns. Very little of what I do is ever repeated exactly.”

Bladesmith Burt Foster.  Photo by Popular Mechanics.

Bladesmith Burt Foster. Photo by Popular Mechanics.

Click on the photo or the link for an interactive graphic looking at Foster’s gear.

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