Forging Damascus Steel Knives for Beginners
by Ernst G. Siebeneicher-Hellwig and Jurgen Rosinski

150 x 230mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 978-0-7643-4012-3

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Extract from back cover of book:

The art of forging multiple layers of steel together into beautiful, strong, and sharp Damascus steel blades started millenia ago. Now, with this guide, novice blacksmiths and bladesmiths have a practical and budget-conscious approach to forging their own Damascus steel knife. Starting with the basics, this practical guide shows how easy it can be to build a simple Damascus-grade forge; forge Damascus steel into different patterns; and forge a blade into shape, harden it, and turn it into a finished knife. Sketches, step-by-step instructions, and tools and materials lists help you prepare and work through the project methodically and safely. Complete with tips for sharpening Damascus steel blades and insights on the metallurgy behind this special steel, this guide is ideal for the metalworking hobbyist.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Metric & Imperial


A Few Words Up Front

A Brief History of Damascus Steel
- Development of Damascus
- Regional Developments

Equipment and Materials
- Gas Forge
- Brick Forge
- Tools for Forging
- Types of Steel

Forging Damascus
- Assembling the Package
- Welding the Package
- Folding the Package

Creating Patterns
- Layered Damascus
- Banded Damascus (Ladder Pattern Damascus)
- Rose Damascus
- Twist Pattern Damascus
- Multiple Bar Damascus with Cutting Area
- Mosaic Damascus

Forging a Blade

- Heat Treatment
- Etching
- Constructing the Handle
- Edge Sharpening
- Testing the Sharpness
- Protection against Rust

- Heat Colors for Forging and Annealing
- Recommendations for Safety
- List of Suppliers
- Where to Learn Forging
- A Meal for Bladesmiths