3 Day Damascus and knife-making course
Previous forging experience highly recommended
In this class, you will learn how best to prepare, construct and forge your very own pattern welded (damascus) steel billet. This will be done by using 2 different grades of carbon steel.
You will create 6 billets of steel stacked with 2 steel types. Next you will fire-weld these together using the forge and anvil. At that point, we will flatten them out and begin to combine these initial billets together to create more layers.
The 6 starting billets will eventually become 1 single billet. This can be hammered, drilled and twisted to create a variety of patterns within your steel.
Next, you will forge your billet to the shape of your blade (9max blade length 9 inches, plus 4-5 inch handle). The design of this blade can be entirely up to you or designed around an existing template. The blade will, of course be yours to keep along with any leftover steel from your billet.
- 9am Start. Introduction, coffee/tea and a brief overview of the day.
- 9:15 Fire up the forge
- discuss plans and potential patterning
- fireweld and flatten billets
- Lunch – 30min-1 hour
- start to stack and fireweld starter billets
- Close 5:30pm
There is extra time if required during certain steps and for additional breaks
- Flatten, stack & fireweld any remaining smaller billets.
- cut, fold, repeat
- Begin forging your blade to shape
- 5pm close
- Continue forging your blade
- 12noon/1pm harden and temper blade
- 1 Hour lunch (tempering blade for 1 hour)
- grind blade, sand/polish
- work on the grip towards completion
- etch and clean the steel to reveal final pattern
- final assembly
- 5:30pm close
3 Day damascus and bladesmithing £700
Price includes all PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes as standard – eye protection (safety goggles and/or visor), gloves, dust mask, apron and ear defenders.
The price includes bottled water (still/sparkling), tea and coffee which are available throughout the day. Lunch and other food will not be provided.
What to bring
We ask that you wear old clothing that is not flammable and that you don’t mind getting dirty. No fleeces should be worn in the workshop nor jogging bottoms or clothing made from a similar material. Footwear will ideally be steel toecap boots, leather boots or robust footwear. No sandals or open-toed shoes will be allowed in the working area as no alternative can be offered and you would run the risk of serious injury. Trousers should cover any top opening of the footwear to avoid any hot steel or shrapnel falling into your shoes and causing injury.
There are shops and cafes in the immediate area that serve good food at reasonable prices, as well as a small corner shop and a small Sainsbury’s store.
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