UMN Bladesmithing Team wins second place at 2024 TMS Bladesmithing competition

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Material Advantage Chapter crafted a stunning modern rendition of a one-handed Irish Ring Pommel Sword for the 2024 TMS Bladesmithing competition. This biannual event, held at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, took place in Orlando, Florida, where student teams competed to produce a blade in a showcase of heat transfer, forging, welding, quenching, property measurement, and microstructural characterization skills. The team handcrafted a sword, produced a video, created a poster, and wrote a technical report detailing their process. Their effort earned them 2nd place among 24 other teams from around the world. Their blade, crafted from 5160 carbon steel with A36 Steel for the crossguard and pommel, showcased both craftsmanship and historical accuracy.

Congratulations to the team!

Team: Ashlie Hamilton (captain), Regina Gonzalez Lona, Sabrina Mueller, Edward Hydukovich, Wyatt Fish, Thomas Golin, Cuong Quoc Ho, Hagmar Tinoco Madeira, Nathan Tomas, and Dat Tran.  Advisors:  Prof. Nathan A. Mara (CEMS), Craig Johnson (Arms & Armor), Paul Linden (Art Department)  Acknowledgments: Minh-Tam Hoang, Justin Y. Cheng, the UMN Characterization Facility, and Terra Dawn Farms.