The ABS Journeyman Smith Performance Test of Apprentice Smith Ben Seward which is administered by Master Smith Lin Rhea. During the video Master Smith Rhea gives some very useful advice about test preparation and techniques. For more information on the educational programs of the American Bladesmith Society please visit our Website and Forum at

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