The company


The Markus Balbach Forge stands out for its extensive experience and skills in forging techniques. Established in 1963 as an artesan forge by Eduard Balbach, the forge still exists today in the German city of Iserlohn. It is run by master blacksmith Markus Balbach as a second-generation family business. In 1991 Markus Balbach set up a second forge, which is located in Laubuseschbach in the central German region of Hesse. There he started doing research and development on damascus steels and finally managed to produce them on an industrial scale. The forging specialists around Markus have continually developed and perfected this forging technique, which is well over 2,000 years old.   

Today, our market leading enterprise provides industrial customers from various sectors worldwide with damascus steels of the highest quality and in various designs. Moreover, the Balbach team has a profound knowledge of how to manufacture damascus steels using traditional craftsmanship. Thus extraordinary objects are created, either as customised items or for the in-house Balbach Line. These products are developed at the Balbach forge, from their conception and design stages up to and including the craft manufacturing process.

The Markus Balbach Forge is a plant approved by §4 BImSchG (German Federal Immission Protection Law) Nr.3.11 Sp.2 under the Federal Emissions Protection Ordinances (BImSchV).

Markus and Lukas Balbach stand for the quality of the Balbach Forge.

Production and image video about the production of our steels

As a result of our cooperation with the German-American company GASTON J. GLOCK style LP, this video about the traditional fabrication of our damask steels was produced.