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Damascus steel is a combination of different steels or iron in combination with steel, that are forge welded together. I use mainly O2(1.2842) and 75Ni8 for my damascus. These steels have good characteristics and perform on a high level. At times I use different materials to create my damascus steel. Materials like steel cable and gun barrels of anti-aircraft guns are among my favourites.

 

When these layers of steel have been forged into one billet of steel, I forge it into a longer bar and fold it over. Then the doubled steel is welded again. This process can be repeated many times to create the well known “random” pattern.

Different techniques result in different patterns. In the future I will be showing how to create some of those patterns here on my website.

 

From this bar of damascus steel I forge the final shape of the blade I will be making.

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