Newswise — March 12, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA (USA): The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society has announced the results of its 2019 Bladesmithing Competition during a special ceremony held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, as part of the TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2019).

Every two years, teams of university students from around the world compete to produce a blade by hand hammering or trip hammer forging, bringing to life the metallurgical and technical concepts they study each day.

The winners of the 2019 competition are:

TMS Wadsworth-Sherby Bladesmithing Grand Prize: The University of Florida
Award includes $2000 Cash Prize, TMS-Wadsworth-Sherby Bladesmithing Grand Prize Medal, and Commemorative Volume of Wadsworth-Sherby Collected Works on Damascus Steels & Related Topics.

Second Place: Colorado School of Mines
Award includes $500 Cash Prize and Certificate

Third Place: McMaster University
Award includes $250 Cash Prize and Certificate

Honorable Mention: University of Idaho
Award includes $100 Cash Prize and Certificate

The teams receiving special citations for excellence in 2019 are:

Beauty: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Historical Accuracy: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Creative Use of Materials: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Hands-On Process: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Resourcefulness: University of Utah
Outstanding Poster: University of Texas at Austin

Photographs of the event are available and interviews with judges and winning teams can be organized upon request.


The TMS Bladesmithing program makes such concepts as heat transfer, coke combustion, forging, welding, and quenching come to life for university students majoring in a minerals, metals or materials discipline. The centerpiece of TMS Bladesmithing is a hotly contested competition, held every other year at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, that challenges student teams from around the world to produce a blade by hand hammering or trip hammer forging. In alternative years, students have the opportunity to present their current work on bladesmithing topics at the TMS Bladesmithing Symposium, also held at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition.


The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a professional society that connects minerals, metals, and materials scientists and engineers who work in industry, academia, and government positions around the world. TMS creates networking, publication, and professional development opportunities by convening international conferences, publishing books and journals, administering awards, and developing standards for the professions it serves. TMS currently supports more than 13,000 professional and student members in 94 countries on six continents. For more information on TMS, visit