Advanced Twist Damascus


John Horrigan  MS

Class runs: July 14-17

Tuition: $675

Material fee: $180

Skill Level: Intermediate skills and up, Basic Damascus course required and/or more Damascus work

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This will be an exploratory workshop in twist Damascus variations. Most variations will be covered as well as theory, tooling and practice. A twisting jig will be used and how to make your own will be discussed. Different techniques will be discussed and demonstrated and students will be expected to plan and execute several billets with the instructors guidance. This is not a class for someone completely new to pattern welding. A level of comfort in using a power hammer, hydraulic press and basic shop tools is necessary to be successful in this workshop.


John Horrigan made his first knife in 1982 and has been making knives ever since. He grew up on a farm in Maine and has used knives constantly in his duties in law enforcement, as an Austin Texas fire fighter and as an Army Ranger. John is an award winning Master Bladesmith and makes a variety of bowies, fighters, tomahawks and hunters ranging in style from simple to opulent.


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