Introduction to Damascus Steel

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Pattern Welder

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The reputation and history of Damascus steel has given rise to many legends, such as the ability to cut through a rifle barrel or to cut a hair falling across the blade. Today Damascus steel is highly desired for its beautiful marbled steel pattern, being particularly valued by knife-makers around the world. This one day course instructed by blacksmith Matt Mewburn will take students through the process of making a piece of Damascus steel.

Learn how to develop a pattern by understanding the properties of steel and achieve contrast between the steel alloys, then move on to forge-welding the steel alloys together and stacking the layers with the use of a Power Hammer. Students will reveal and develop the pattern using an acid etch and finish up by forging the completed billet to size.

To allow for close supervision, this intensive course has a small class size of 4 students.

You will get

  • A dramatic and beautiful Damascus steel billet

  • Eye, ear and hand protection will be provided, however feel free to bring your own if you prefer.
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What you will learn
  • The properties of steel and how to achieve contrast in a Damascus steel pattern
  • Forge welding with use of a 25 ton press
  • Revealing and developing the pattern using an acid-etch
What you will get
  • A billet (bar) of damascus steel

What to bring
  • Lunch and morning tea
  • All materials included
What to wear

Clothing appropriate for a workshop. This includes long pants and sleeves preferably natural fibre, solid shoes/boots.

Appropriate for

This class requires some forging experience. If you're unsure, just ask us.

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03 March 2018 • Introduction to Damascus Steel

Absolutely brilliant course, learned heaps and had a great time. All instructors are super knowledgeable, and are really great guys


25 July 2017 • Introduction to Damascus Steel

Fantastic to be forging in such a historically significant place! Matt made the course enjoyable, and tailored the advice to the experience level. A small group made for a great learning environment. It's such a shame to hear that the days of this fantastic piece of history may be numbered.

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