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What kind of forge would you need to forge Damascus? Answered

My current access to a forge, is gas. At I've been told that it isn't hot enough to forge weld metals together. I'm curious what kind of fuel i should be using or alternate methods. 
I understand the process to create the damascus alloy, I just don't know the required forging method. I assume coal/coke would be my best bet.





3 years ago


Damascus steel was a type of steel used by Middle Eastern sword makers. "These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water"

Damascus steel was originally made from a wootz steel developed in India.

In 2006 a German researcher published a report finding carbon nanotubes in a blade forged from Damascus steel.

Modern steel can sometimes outperform these swords, as Damascus steel was super plastic and very hard at the same time.

"Damascus" or pattern welded steel ? They are not the same thing.

pretty sure I watched a video a few days ago and the guy was making Damascus with propane and a blower

"gas" ???

Propane, Methane, Butane, Acetylene, hydrogen ?

Yes coal is the way to go and have a good blower. You can google the temps needed to forge weld steel and the kinds of fuels that can give you those temps.