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I thought these two went together well. This was my first venture into stainless steel with the blade being AEB L. Quite a difference in the heat treating as the temperature in the heat treat is 1975 degrees! It is not oil quenched but is air quenched between aluminum plates. It then requires cyro treatment to get it to a minus zero rating and then tempering cycles at 400 degrees. I continue to learn more and more about metalurgy which to me is very complicated. But luckily there are folks out there that can make it less complex when explaining it
OAL is 7-7/8" with a 3-7/8" blade. The damascus billet I used is from Vegas Forge. The bolster and spacer is wrought iron from a piece of farm equipment I found in a barn on my wife's property. It has a G10 spacer.


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One very impressive knife! Beautiful wood. I am definitely jealous.
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Another work of art. Absolutely beautiful. I've loved all the knives you've posted, but I think I may like this one the best. It looks very organic, if that makes sense.

Question: Hopefully this won't require a very technical answer, but do you know how the Damascus pattern was made with a single type of steel? Was it etched? The only Damascus method I'm aware of is layering and folding (or twisting to make star patterns) different types of steel, like 1095 and 15N20 (not a bladesmith, but that's what they often use on Man at Arms: Reforged on YouTube).
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You continue to amaze me with these fine pieces of art.
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Gorgeous!

So, I have to ask - where did the koa wood come from? It's native to Hawaii and very hard wood. "Koa" means "warrior" in Hawaiian.
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Another work of art. Absolutely beautiful. I've loved all the knives you've posted, but I think I may like this one the best. It looks very organic, if that makes sense.

Question: Hopefully this won't require a very technical answer, but do you know how the Damascus pattern was made with a single type of steel? Was it etched? The only Damascus method I'm aware of is layering and folding (or twisting to make star patterns) different types of steel, like 1095 and 15N20 (not a bladesmith, but that's what they often use on Man at Arms: Reforged on YouTube).
It’s 200 layers of AEB L and 302 stainless. After grinding it’s etched in ferric acid to reveal the pattern. But yes it’s forged welded and stacked to creat this pattern called ‘typhoon’
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So, I have to ask - where did the koa wood come from? It's native to Hawaii and very hard wood. "Koa" means "warrior" in Hawaiian.
Thanks! Yes Koa is only native to Hawaii and, from what I have read, is a somewhat protected species. Only dead Koa can be harvested. And curly Koa is renown For its spectacular pattern. I order all my wood from reputable dealers. I might add that it is an expensive wood but the finished product is well worth it in my opinion.
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It’s 200 layers of AEB L and 302 stainless. After grinding it’s etched in ferric acid to reveal the pattern. But yes it’s forged welded and stacked to creat this pattern called ‘typhoon’
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Beautiful knife!! The wood and Damascus steel go together very well
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I have a couple of damascus knives and when I see ones like yours, I have to fight the urge to get out the credit card and buy something close to it, looks wise anyway
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Damascus can really set a knife apart. There are so many patterns these days to choose from in either stainless or carbon steel.
And the material for the scales is handles is virtually unlimited these days.
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That is absolutely gorgeous. I can not think that anyone would not be proud to own such a beautiful work of art.
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Damascus can really set a knife apart. There are so many patterns these days to choose from in either stainless or carbon steel.
And the material for the scales is handles is virtually unlimited these days.
I see so many of them where the handle styling kind of ruins it for me. I have a knife that I got from a guy in the UK that (IMHO) is 50% perfect and 50% failure. The blade is great, the pattern is pretty trippy and it's sharp as hell, the handle, while functional, seems to be getting uglier every time I look at it. Tons of excess filework, odd textures (rough places) and it's just over the top in color. It's carbon, and will get a little rusty after just being carried for a day. I oil the thing constantly. No other knife I own rusts like it does. Normally, I carry my 40+ year old Shrade LB7, and not worry about rust.
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I see so many of them where the handle styling kind of ruins it for me. I have a knife that I got from a guy in the UK that (IMHO) is 50% perfect and 50% failure. The blade is great, the pattern is pretty trippy and it's sharp as hell, the handle, while functional, seems to be getting uglier every time I look at it. Tons of excess filework, odd textures (rough places) and it's just over the top in color. It's carbon, and will get a little rusty after just being carried for a day. I oil the thing constantly. No other knife I own rusts like it does. Normally, I carry my 40+ year old Shrade LB7, and not worry about rust.
There must have been something that drew your attention to the knife and then the ‘other’ issues started to get noticed. Carbon is going to rust, but less so once a patina develops. Sorry you had a bad experience with the knife!
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