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Making a Damascus Knife

Although this is not a complete guide on how to make a Damascus knife it will give you an idea of the process of it and show you how much of an art it is.

The tools used to do this usually involve having a grinder, hydraulic press, an anvil, and a forge.

The process involves heating up the metal and using the tools above to help shape the knife. Drawing out the knife (lengthening the piece of metal you are working with) and folding it onto itself is the key to build up layers that bring out the Damascus design on the blade. It is not uncommon to have well over 100 layers created to make a Damascus knife. Knifemakers also use different layers of metal to weld and forge together and often cut the metal and restack them to create interesting looking layers.

The metal is heated up, checked for the critical temperature (the point when the steel becomes non-magnetic), and quickly dipped into the oil to harden it. Once all of the colors have disappeared from the metal blade it is then placed in an oven at about 450 degrees Fahrenheit to temper.

At one point the metal is grounded from using coarser sandpaper (50 grit) to a finer polishing grit (600 grit). In order to get the Damascus pattern to show you need to etch the blade. This is done by first washing the blade with soap and water to make sure you get all of the oil off from it. Then place the blade tip down into an etch liquid-like ferric-chloride and hold it there for a few minutes. You will begin to see the Damascus layers appear.

You then remove the blade and clean it with steel wool to get the black oxide off then return it to the etching liquid and repeat until you get the desired look that you want. Once you achieve the look you want you then wash the blade with baking soda to neutralize the acid etch then rub the blade with an oiled, soft cloth. After that is done you sharpen the blade on a belt grinder using 600 grit sandpaper.

Blacksmiths have different techniques and orders on how to make the intricate designs that you see so enjoy our gallery!

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