Ricardo Vilar, of Brazil, has been named a judge on the hit television show “Forged in Fire” Latin American Edition on History Channel. Vilar is a world-renowned bladesmith and an instructor at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historic Trades.
The James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historic Trades will offer a Hunting Knife Class on April 20-23 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In this intensive 4-day class students will learn to forge a carbon steel blade, heat treat metal, fashion a wooden handle and brass guard, and sharpen a knife.
The Custom Knife Collectors Association recently toured the newly renovated campus of the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT) James Black School of Bladesmithing and Historic Trades. After the tour, the association presented the UAHT Foundation with a donation of $15,000 to support the mission of the UAHT James Black School.