Damascus - Forging Techniques by the Bergamo Bladesmith Association
(Note on the scanned photos from this book here above: These were scanned from the book in a very inexpert way by yours truly, and, while they do show the rich instructional content of the book, they do not at all reflect the high quality of the photos and text).
After more than 10 years of practical work and study, historical research on archeological finds, and encounters with master bladesmiths such as Henry Viallon, Cristian Moretti, and Santino Ballestra, the Bergamo Bladesmith Association (
It begins with simple layered damascus and moves on to explain how to make complex mosaic patterns using various advanced techniques (powder, electrical discharge machining, etc).
Moreover, other pertinent and interesting subjects are covered such as the blade’s cutting edge, heat treating, reconstructing two swords (Longobard and Viking), oriental
The whole last chapter is dedicated to the use of damascus steel in artistic-blacksmithing. Seven internationally recognized artist-blacksmiths present their work which, done in steel alone would be of great artistic value, but in damascus steel these objects have taken on another dimension and aroused the interest of the public.