Michael Deibert: The Bladesmith
Michael Deibert is a renowned ABS Journeyman Bladesmith, residing in Trussville, Alabama. With over 25 years of experience in bladesmithing and blacksmithing, Mike has dedicated his life to the craft, creating unique and functional blades and sharing his extensive knowledge through specialized classes.
About Michael Deibert
Mike’s journey in bladesmithing is deeply rooted in his love for the outdoors and craftsmanship, originating from his childhood in rural northern Ohio. He spent 13 years in Nicaragua, teaching and promoting the arts of blacksmithing and bladesmithing, driven by his commitment to preserving and passing on these ancient crafts. Mike’s creations are a harmonious blend of wood, brass, and steel, reflecting his passion and joy for adventure and creativity.
Mike offers a range of bladesmithing classes in Trussville, designed to cater to different levels of experience. His “Intro to Bladesmithing Class” is perfect for beginners, focusing on the basics of forging, grinding, and heat-treating. For those seeking to advance their skills, the “Bowie Knife Class” provides an in-depth understanding of crafting bigger blades and fitting up guards and hidden tang handles. Mike’s approach to teaching emphasizes hands-on experience, ensuring students leave with a wealth of practical knowledge and skills.
Awards and Achievements
Mike’s exceptional work has garnered him several accolades, including “Best Damascus” at Bladeshow 2017 and a victory on “Forged in Fire” Season 5 Episode 27. His innovative creations have been spotlighted in Blade Magazine, and he proudly holds the George Peck award for the best Bowie knife by a journeyman smith. The American Bladesmith Society honored him with the title of Journeyman Bladesmith in 2012.
Mike Deibert stands as a beacon in the bladesmithing community, not just for his award-winning creations but also for his dedication to teaching and preserving the crafts of bladesmithing and blacksmithing. His commitment to the craft and his passion for sharing knowledge make him a distinguished figure in the world of bladesmithing.
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