Custom Knives Arizona, home of the world’s largest selection of custom knives, has made a generation donation to the Texarkana College Foundation to provide scholarships for knife enthusiasts looking to enroll in an introduction to Bladesmithing class at the Bill Moran College of Bladesmithing at Texarkana College. Brian Steers, CEO of Arizona Knives, attended the Fall Hammer-In event in October to make a donation to Texarkana College.
Steers, CEO of Arizona Custom Knives, stated, “We have been serving knife makers, buyers, and knife collectors for over 25 years. We recognize expert quality and commitment. It is clear in my time with Don McIntosh, Bill Moran School Coordinator, that we share the same ideas.” and insights into making high-quality hand-forged blades.” Steers went on to say he looked forward to seeing the art of knifemaking continue to grow with scholarship money.
Arizona Custom Knives’ donation of $10,000 will be used to award a $10,000 scholarship to eligible students enrolled in a course submitted to Bladesmith. The first batch for 2022 begins in January, and the other batch will be offered throughout the year.
McIntosh said, “Anyone interested in making high-quality hand-forged blades is eligible to apply for the grant through the TC Department of Business and Community Education. We are very grateful for this new partnership between The Moran School and Arizona Custom Knives. Brian has quickly become a champion for our school and will make his generous donation available Opportunities for ten new students next year.”
The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has been recognized by the American Bladesmith Society and has provided world-class training in beginning and advanced bladesmithing since 1988. Thousands of bladesmiths, many of them professional blacksmiths and accomplished blacksmiths, have started at TC’s bladesmithing school. In fact, the Bill Moran School of Blade Making was the world’s first blade-making school of its kind. The experiences gained as a student at TC’s bladesmith school are of the highest standards and enhance the art of bladesmithing. Courses in Damascus steel, handles and guards, advanced milling, and more, are taught through the Moran School of Blade Making located on the TC campus.
To learn more about taking a class or applying for an Arizona Custom Knives Scholarship, please contact the TC Department of Community and Business Education at 903-823-3015 or go online to https://cbe.texarkanacollege.edu/bladesmith/