Junior Bladesmithing Championship

The Junior Bladesmithing Championship makes concepts such as heat transfer, coke combustion, forging, welding and quenching come to life for high school students. The competition challenges teams from around the United States to produce a blade by hand hammering or trip hammer forging.

The competition is open to all high school students (9-12th grades). Individual students and teams up to three students are eligible. 

Prize money is awarded to the finalists!



  • The application for the competition deadline is November 15
  • The blade and report submission deadline is April 1

Caleb Oppelt wins 2021 Junior Bladesmithing Championship: See News release

Video of 2017 South Dakota Mines TMS Bladesmithing Champions: Open Video in YouTube

Contact Information

Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
Dr. Michael West 
501 E. St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone 605-394-2381

Jon Kellar
Michael West