[Ansteorra] For the Cooks - Damascus Steel
rixende at mail2noble.com
Wed Feb 18 10:53:07 PST 2004
Forwarded with permission from the Knowne World Apprentice List:
>> I have a question for anyone.
>> Background: I have been blacksmithing for many years now and I
>> milestone. I learned forge welding sometime ago, but recently my
>> with welding reached the point that I am now making Damascus Steel
> billets. It
>> is these billets that are then ground into knives and other items.
>> of you that do not know, Damascus steel is layers of different kinds
>> welded together and then repeatedly folded (or cut) and rewelded. The
>> folds you do, the more layers you make. I have read that some
>> had as many 246 layers. (I have never heard of a sword that had 2000
>> except in the movie Highlander)
>> The Question: I sell ironwork at events and though I like making
>> don't like the idea of making daggers. The idea of making Meat
>> Damascus Chef's Knives however, that is appealing. I know it is a
>> but that is my comfort level at the moment. I just finished a small
>> Chef's Knife. Would people be interested in buying these? Should I
>> these in my stock. They would not be cheap. A 10 inch knife would
> over 6
>> hours and cost about $200-$300 dollars depending on how elaborate the
>> and the number of layers.
>> I will likely make one for A&S no matter what happens but Damascus is
>> to do and I would like to do more, but I can't justify doing alot of
>> I can sell it at my booth. Merchanting iron work is my summer job and
>> to make moeny at it or get a "real" job. (shiver)
>> Comments welcome.
>> Danr Katlasmiðr
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