We have an amazing and unique experience to make a 60 layer damascus knife or axe. We will cover every aspect from basic forging techniques and hammer control, then grinding and profiling followed by heat treatment and fitting the handle. Day 1 starts with you making your own damascus billet, it’s a thrilling experience with sparks flying and the use of seriously heavy duty machinery, or if you wish you can do it manually with a great deal of hammering. Day 2 and 3 drawing and planning your knife/axe, then move on to the magic of drawing out your design from an innocuous piece of metal. Once you’re happy with the knife/axe shape and design we start to construct the handle and any other decorative touches you want added. By the end of the course you will take home a beautiful and functional piece of art. If you’re daring enough we also offer a Forged in Fire testing session, and video for an additional fee. This is a 3 day course only costing £450.

What's included in the price?

Resfreshments and materials all provided.


3 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Friargate Forge

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Mother's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Stag dos
  • Christmas
  • Evenings
  • Public transport
  • Pet lovers
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Easter
  • Weekends
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Spooky
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Father's Day
  • Tutor can travel
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Romantic
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Unit 6 Cuerden Green Mills, Sherdley Road, Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 5LP