Bladesmithing is now being offered by the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana as part of their bladesmithing school that was added last year. It is the only school in the country to offer a credit degree in bladesmithing, which is an art and a science. Knowledge of metallurgy and physics is important for the bladesmith. The area was home to James Black who was the maker of the original Bowie Knife.

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