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Damascus Billets

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by FORGE, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    When I am not making knives I am making steel.
    Here is some of the latest pieces.
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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Crazy beautiful patterns Cal.
     
  3. Roman

    Roman Best Leatherwork Best Build

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    Yes, I second that... ))
     
  4. Icho-

    Icho- Staff Member

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    I also agree.
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Is there a "secret recipe" book that shows the steps to make various patterns? I am familiar with the ladder and I've seen the jelly roll and feather done on YouTube.

    Maybe these are trade secrets. ;)

    Dan
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    posted a link before coming here with some interesting samples. In the makers chat
     
  7. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    I think it is definitely really cool stuff, but I have to admit that I find many Damascus projects I see out there to be a little busy for my personal tastes. It can feel like too much emphasis gets placed on the Damascus steel and you can barely see the entire knife as a package. It can easily become distracting when over used IMHO. I say this as a collector rather than a maker however, because the making of Damascus is obviously an art form all of its own...

    Yeah I know... Weirdo right?
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    my goal is to make smaller damascus or mokum pieces for use as bolsters more so than the blade, just a touch of fancy to compliment the entire package.
     
  9. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    I guess it depends on your taste, I made stainless knives for years and quite frankly no matter what kind of stainless you are using the stuff is just bor.........ing.
    It just does not have any character. Not to say that a stainless knife can not be a beautiful piece of work but to me when you combine a piece of beautiful steel with a well crafted knife then you have really hit a home run.
    A Montana knife maker, Shane Taylor, once said to me that a knife should all flow together with gentle transitions,just like looking at things in nature. Ever seen a tree with a square trunk ?
    When I see a knife with a square shaped handle I just don't find it not very appealing no matter how well it is crafted.
    The trick is to combine all the elements and make it flow together as one entity, no matter what you have selected for materials.
     
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  10. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Function and aesthetic aside, I have full respect for makers who do their own pattern steel. Akin to a luthier milling and seasoning wood to make a fine instrument. Carefully controlling every aspect of the end product from start to finish.
     
  11. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Best New Maker

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    Oh 100% absolutely!! Don't get me wrong... I love any artists creation that is done well and pattern steel is no different. I just seem to be seeing more and more knives that are simply "meh" but because they used Damascus everyone ooohs and awes over it like it is gods gift to knives. Like you said, it comes down to being done well and tastefully. Fancy steel is not a substitute for quality work.

    Just to reiterate... I am speaking strictly as a collector who buys knives, and not as a maker. I am not nearly skilled enough to qualify an opinion on the things others enjoy making. I always like seeing the stuff people are doing and if using Damascus puts a smile on your face, go hard for sure!!
     
  12. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Very nice patterns!
     
  13. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    Cal, those Damascus patterns are great! I've only made random pattern Damascus and always under the tutelage of someone who knew what they were doing. Like Dan, I'd love to see how different patterns are created.

    Jim T
     

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