Introduction to Damascus Steel

Introduction to Damascus Steel

Make your own beautiful pattern welded steel

Over 50 people have attended this class


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.

Eveleigh Works

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Learn the metal arts at Eveleigh Works in Redfern, Sydney. Get your hands dirty with our short courses in blacksmithing, knife and tool-making. Courses for newbies and old hands, instructed by practicing craftspeople within the heritage workshop of an 1880s locomotive factory. 

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5.0 (23 reviews)
Julianrated it
27 Nov 2023
This course was excellent. The workshop and its history were fascinating to hear about and work in. The class combined theoretical understanding of the materials and process with lots of hands on learning and supervision. Matt is a great teacher and by the end of the day I felt confident with the steps involved and was chuffed to have made and take home a beautiful piece of Demascus Steel.
Jasonrated it
27 Nov 2023
Matt makes the classes really enjoyable and educational, he has deep knowledge and plenty of passion!
Troy rated it
06 Jul 2023
An amazing course that really explains the process with a full hands-on experience. Would highly recommend it.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


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No changes will be allowed after these times.

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In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit to transfer.

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