Het, that means I start with my Damascus in a square or most of rectangle shape that has been welded up into the desired layers.
The pattern is then cut into it by various means such as a grinder, then take a hammer and simply forge it into 95% of the finished shape or outline. This means forging the grind line in, making the point, forging in the distal taper, and pulling down the choil [where the blade drops down to form the cutting edge]. It should look like 95% of the finished blade shape, including the tang area.
This way you only clean it up on the grinder. Most Damascus patterns I can look at after forging and finishing and I can tell how close he forged to shape and how much he just ground to get where he wanted to go. It makes for a bit stronger knife and sore hands and shoulders.