Forged Damascus Knife
Ben Breda ABS JS
Class runs: October 25-30
Material Fee: $100
Skill level: Intermediate, must have good forging skills and proficient at Bladesmithing as well as some experience with Damascus.
In this fast paced, 6 day class the student’s goal will be to complete a 4-5” Damascus bladed hunting knife of hidden tang and fitted guard construction. Students will begin the first day with standard pattern welding protocol and will work to complete and pattern one billet of Damascus steel. The students will then forge a 4-5” bladed hunting knife out of that steel. Grinding and heat treating will be covered as well as how to fit a stainless or nickel silver guard and prepare for a hidden tang handle of exotic wood. The knives will be polished and etched to reveal the dramatic pattern of the pattern welded material.
Potential students should be confident in their forging ability and should have a general understanding of blacksmith shop practices. Students should be comfortable with the use of power tools like drill presses, hand grinders, belt sanders and hand tools. Damascus experience is helpful but not necessary.
Ben Breda is a local Journeyman Bladesmith from Hope Maine. He got his start in knife making at the New England School of Metalwork in 2012, since then he has studied under several Mastersmiths such as Jim Crowell, Tim Potier, Rick Dunkerley, and Kevin Cashen. Ben received his Journeyman stamp from the American Bladesmith Society in 2014 at the Atlanta Blade show. He was also awarded the George Peck award for the best knife submitted by a Journeyman applicant. Ben has been a full time maker since 2016, he specializes in hand forged heirloom quality fixed blades as well as folding knives. I am honored to be given the opportunity to teach the Intermediate class at NESM, and I am looking forward to taking the students through the process of a forged knife from start to finish.