Cu-Mai Damascus Knife Making

Cu-Mai is an amazing material that produces a unique and stunning pattern like nothing else - forged by layering two sheets of copper between three sheets of carbon steel

Our Cu-Mai package is a two-day experience that will cover the basics of making pattern-welded steel or more commonly known as Cu-Mai. Knives have of course been made by blacksmiths for thousands of years. We are dedicated to sharing our passion, knowledge and experience of a craft as old as civilisation itself. Our expert team will guide and support you through each process in the designing and making of your own Cu-Mai knife.

£495.00

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Up to two people making one Cu-Mai Damascus Knife during two full-day sessions
Two Days
couples / solo /
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What you’ll do
over two days

1

When you arrive

On arrival, you’ll be signed in and introduced to the smith who will talk through the course step-by-step and help you select which design you would like to make. We’ll discuss what you want to achieve for the day before providing you with protective equipment and a safety briefing.

2

Firing up the forge

The forge will have been lit and heating up before you arrive, so it’s ready to go! You will get an introduction on how to control and maintain the fire of the forge to a forging heat.

3

The Forging Process

You’ll be introduced to the forging press, and we’ll explain how to safely operate the machine. You will then heat you billet up to what is known as a brazing temperature. At this heat, the copper layers will become tacky you will then press your billet together causing the copper to wield to the steel surrounding it, then normalised ready for hardening. It’s like metal magic in front of your eyes!


4

Choosing a Handle

When deciding on a handle, bear in mind that ‘woodwork is homework’ – alternatively, you can forge a handle out of steel that does not require any additional work at home. If you would like a wooden handle please remember you’ll need to make this at home.


5

Finishing

You will be taken to the grinding bay where you will stock remove your knife (this is the process of removing material). After hardening, the knife is then cleaned using belt grinders, sandpaper and abrasive stones, tempered and cleaned again. Here is where your blade will be etched, and the final edge will be applied.


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Photo Time

It’s great fun working alongside one another and crafting something unique! Once the forging is complete, it’s time to pose for those all-important photos at our wooden stage!

GUIDELINES FOR TAKING PART

Our experience day packages are physically demanding and have the potential for minor injury. Therefore, please seek advice from your doctor or our booking team if you’re unsure.

Be sure to dress accordingly, remembering that in the colder months it can get pretty chilly inside the workshop, despite the fires! Please wear long trousers and suitable footwear.

Make sure you follow the guidance on our website and what’s sent to you ahead of the event. And always listen to the instructions of our expert team on the day.

AVAILABILITY

The Forge is open all year round, seven days a week. Our online booking system will show you the availability in real time. Please be aware that weekends should be booked well in advance!

HOW BOOKING WORKS

Our online booking system is easy to use and allows you to choose a time and date that suits you. Once confirmed, you will receive an email with all the details you need, as well as an important form to complete.

HOW PRICING WORKS

The price of this booking covers up to two people making one Cu-Mai knife during two full-day session. That’s right, add an extra person for free to join you!

We welcome groups of friends to come and take part together – simply adjust the number of people when making your booking.

If you’re buying a voucher, the voucher will entitle the recipient to two full-day sessions making one knife.

Reviews

Outstanding place!

The wife and I went to make a knife, just for fun of course and we had a superb day. The instructors are calm, knowledgeable and friendly, and are always […]

The wife and I went to make a knife, just for fun of course and we had a superb day. The instructors are calm, knowledgeable and friendly, and are always on hand to help out with any minor problems and answer any questions, no matter how daft they sound. Big shout out for Madison. Great sense of humour, informative and an easy person to trust, even around red hot, stabby things. I would recommend a day here to everybody who wants an unusual and memorable experience.

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So much fun, we loved it!

The team at Oldfield Forge helped us every step of the way in forging the most EPIC battle seax the day was amazing, we learned a lot and the team […]

The team at Oldfield Forge helped us every step of the way in forging the most EPIC battle seax the day was amazing, we learned a lot and the team cannot be faulted! Enjoyed the beers and thanks for the bottle opener we will definitely be back so see you soon!

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I had the time of my life!

I booked myself in for a “Just for Fun” day and “Forging a Knife” the next day. It was purely, simply brilliant. The team was exceptional, all of them: Ben, […]

I booked myself in for a “Just for Fun” day and “Forging a Knife” the next day. It was purely, simply brilliant. The team was exceptional, all of them: Ben, Theo, Joe, Bobby, Aaron, and last but not least Henry, are clearly passionate about their job. They’re happy to help and answer any questions and are really working as a team. They show you how it works and explains the process. There is a great variety of objects you can choose to make – loved it and will recommend it to any and all.

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Great day out for everyone!

Staff are super friendly and knowledgable, especially Joe. Blown away by the quality of the knife you can make by yourself. Couldn’t recommend it more to anyone interested in knives […]

Staff are super friendly and knowledgable, especially Joe. Blown away by the quality of the knife you can make by yourself. Couldn’t recommend it more to anyone interested in knives and or blacksmithing. From the Knife Family

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Meet the Experts

Ianto “Ianto Tanto “

Ianto has been blacksmithing for 4 years. He first got the idea of being a blacksmith after watching Lord of the Rings. He wished he could learn to shape metal […] Ianto has been blacksmithing for 4 years. He first got the idea of being a blacksmith after watching Lord of the Rings. He wished he could learn to shape metal into different forms and stunning works of art that can be seen throughout the movies. When he finished high school he knew he wanted to go into a profession that could lead him to make movie props. Ianto went to Holme Lacy College and studied traditional blacksmithing, from there he left and found his way to Oldfield Forge. During his time at Oldfield, he has picked up the nickname Ianto Tanto, for the fact he enjoys teaching the Tanto’s and using the traditional Japanese smithing techniques.

Joe “”

Joe is our Forge Manager. He has seen the business grow from a small workshop to what you see today! He has a degree in product design, but his passion […] Joe is our Forge Manager. He has seen the business grow from a small workshop to what you see today! He has a degree in product design, but his passion has always been history. Joe wanted to take the love of making things and his passion for history and smack them together… literally!

Ethan “”

Ethan came to Oldfield Forge on a hammer course and instantly fell in love with the craft. He originally trained in carpentry and is the youngest blacksmith on the team. […] Ethan came to Oldfield Forge on a hammer course and instantly fell in love with the craft. He originally trained in carpentry and is the youngest blacksmith on the team. Ethan enjoys all aspects of the trade and wouldn’t consider going back. His favorite course to teach is the knife-making experience.

Eve “”

Eve is relatively new to blacksmithing, but fell in love with it on the first hammer swing! She originally trained as an artistic welder and caster in Florida and loved […] Eve is relatively new to blacksmithing, but fell in love with it on the first hammer swing! She originally trained as an artistic welder and caster in Florida and loved making art that she can’t break with her own clumsiness.