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Introduction to Damascus Steel

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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.


Eveleigh Works

Vendor since 2016

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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07 December 2018 • Introduction to Damascus Steel

this was a great course and I have made a kitchen knife from the blank


16 September 2018 • Introduction to Damascus Steel

I had the great pleasure of doing the "Introduction to Damascus Steel" Course at the Eveleigh Works. The facilities at Eveleigh Works are a sight to behold themselves, there could no better area to run the course than in this working piece of our industrial history. The teacher, Matt Mewburn has an extensive knowledge of the blacksmith trade and his relaxed, easy going style and the ability to pass on this knowledge made for a very enjoyable day. The small class size (4 students) ensured excellent interaction between the students and the teacher.


11 September 2018 • Introduction to Damascus Steel

Brilliant day Matt really knows his stuff and can explain the process very well. I look forward to doing many more courses at Everleigh Works and so should anyone looking to try blacksmithing. Thanks Matt and Everleigh Works.

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