Damascus Billet Making

Damascus Billet Making

June 25 – 29, 2018

Steve Rollert

Instructor Steve Rollert

Knife made from Damascus steel

Damascus steel knife

Continuing education only – not for college credit
This class is a hands on class for the students. This class will be focused on the making of Damascus (pattern welded) steel for use in gun hardware and knife blades. Each student should finish the class with at least one billet of Damascus steel to take home.
This focus of this class is to teach “dry welding” technique, that is the making of Damascus steel using no flux. This approach provides steel of much greater consistency and strength. We will be using gas forges to weld our steel not coal. Subjects covered will include: Dry vs. Wet forge welding, steel selection, tool selection, use of power equipment such as power hammers and forging presses, pattern development, heat treating and etching.
Steve Rollert has been a knife maker and Damascus bladesmith for 38 years.


Tool list
Safety glasses
Respirator either dust mask or double filter (preferred)
Work apron Baseball or other brimmed hat
Hearing protection
Welding gloves
One pair large vice grips
Hammers – cross pein and ball pein of about 1.5 to 2.5 pound in weight
Grinding belts – 2 each in 60, 220, 400 grit – Zircon or ceramic recommended but aluminum oxide is acceptable but will not wear as long, size: 2 inch by 72 inch in length
Please bring a refillable water bottle since we will be working around hot forges in June