Indiana Sword Maker Seeking Apprentices

Krieger Armory Is Seeking Sword Making Apprentices

Krieger Armory - Indiana HEMA Sword Maker

Krieger Armory, an Indiana sword maker, is seeking apprentices interested in technical swordmaking.

The armory is located next door to Brown County Forge northwest of downtown Bloomington.

Shawn Krieger, the owner, is a fabricator and provider of high quality HEMA* swords.

*The HEMA acronym stands for Historical European Martial Arts.

Attention to Detail Required

Shawn Krieger - HEMA Sword Maker

Each HEMA sword or feder that Krieger produces follows strict specifications including:

  • Overall length dictated by its end use in combat.
  • Flexibility over the length of the blade with a focus on distal taper.
  • Hand-wrapped cord handles.

All skills required in sword making can be taught to a motivated apprentice. No prior experience is necessary.

If interested, contact Shawn Krieger directly at:

Work Your Way Toward An Hourly Rate

Apprenticeships at Krieger Armory start as unpaid learning opportunities with the full intention to transition to paid work.

Krieger Armory is growing quickly and is excited about employing multiple makers in their Bloomington shop.

More About Krieger Armory Swords

Krieger Armory Swords are Tournament-Approved

All swords are ground by hand with the assistance of belt grinders.

You can see Shawn using the shop’s Origin Blade Maker belt grinder to fine tune a sword in the photo above.

This is a good opportunity learn how industrial-grade grinders work.

Also a great opportunity to get a deep understanding of sword and blade anatomy.

Contact Krieger Armory for Apprenticeship Details

Full details are available from Krieger Armory.

You can contact Shawn here:


Saturday Knife Making Class

Saturday Knife Making Class at Brown County Forge

Caleb and Greg in Knife Making Class at Brown County Forge

This past Saturday we had a couple gentlemen from the Corydon area north of Louisville in class.

Caleb and Greg drove up to take the Knife Making Fundamentals Class and get some pointers to use at their home forges.

Both guys had been tinkering for a little while, but wanted to learn more.

Hammering Out Knives

Hilltop Rounding Hammer in Action in Blacksmith Class at Brown County Forge

After a brief demo focused on hammering technique, I turned the hammers and tongs over to Caleb and Greg.

Using 3-pound mini sledges, they started hammering their spikes into shape.

Caleb brought his personal Hilltop Forge Rounding Hammer. I hadn’t seen one in action before and was impressed with how it moved the metal.

Hilltop Forge Rounding Hammer - Brown County Forge - Blacksmithing Classes

Steady Work with Good Results

Greg and Caleb put in the time to improve their hammering accuracy and control during class.

Just about anyone can walk in off the street and start pounding on a piece of hot steel.

To make it look good takes control and some finesse.

We had a good conversation about the costs and benefits of heavy hammers.

As a general rule:

  • Blacksmiths don’t do the majority of their work with heavy sledges. It’s inefficient and too tiring. The hammers I use most range from 1.5 pounds to 2.5 pounds. That range is a good all day swinging weight once you get used to it.

Saturday Knife Making Class - Brown County Forge

Interested in Improving Your Hammering Skills?

Terran Marks, the owner of Brown County Forge, teaches classes multiple days a week.

For current Saturday knife making classes and other dates, check out the Classes page.