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Mines students win award for crafting blade

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Undergraduate team from South Dakota Mines. Pictured from left to right are Nicholas Stogdill, Metallurgical Engineering; Tyler Reinarts, Metallurgical Engineering; Antonio Romero, Electrical Engineering; Emma Soehl, Metallurgical Engineering; Christopher Mercado, Metallurgical Engineering; and Connor Heath, Computer Engineering.

A blade smithing team from South Dakota Mines has won second place in a global knife and sword making competition. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) hosts the competition about every two years. The 2019 competition was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team is comprised of seven undergraduate students: Antonio Romero, Christopher Mercado, Connor Heath, Isaac Hammer, Emma Soehl, Nicholas Stogdill and Tyler Reinarts.

Their submission is inspired by the United States model 1860 light cavalry saber, a sword used in the time period of the American Civil War. Every component was hand-made by the undergraduate team. You can view the team's detailed sword making process video on the Society for Minerals, Metals and Material's YouTube page.

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The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society
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Team member shaping the sword.

In 2017, South Dakota Mines won first place for the construction of a 34-inch single-edged blade forged based on the Arhus Farm sword from 10th Century Norway. The second place team that year was from the Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology replicating a Norwegian sword from the country’s late iron age.

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The Society for Minerals, Metals and Materials
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The Mines team used acrylic paint and an electro-edging technique to recreate a historic floral scroll pattern.

Past winners are listed in detail on the TMS webpage.