Knives in Patterned Damascus Steel

1095 Carbon & 15N20 Nickel steels

&

Miscellaneous Models

 

On here I offer blade blank options made from Carbon, Stainless and Damascus steels

made in limited numbers and are aside from my standard regular models.

 

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Damascus knife build options and pricing table

 

Damascus is Damascus and it's all very nice - But...

 

Nice, mostly yes, but no matter how it looks, not all Damascus patterned steel will make for a tough working knife. Some is so poor that it's not even fit to make a Butter knife with! There's no telling what you're getting unless you deal with a reputable maker who backs what he offers with a quality guarantee. Anything less and you could be in for a huge disappointment and a total waste of your hard earned money!!! 

 

Is Damascus patterned Carbon based steel better than other carbon steels used in knife making?

 

In actual use a good quality properly heat treated Damascus knife is no better or worse than most carbon steel used for knife making. For all intents and purposes, a carbon Damascus knife is to be used, maintained and looked after as for any carbon steel based knife.   

 

Which is the most suitable grind on a Damascus knife?

 

Your choice really. But, it's worth noting that when it comes to Damascus patterned knives, there might be a need to compromise slightly according to your needs.

 

For example, if you want the blade of your knife to have the full Damascus patterning, then a secondary bevel is best. This will make the cutting edge stringer as well, but if you are fussy and want a shaving sharp edge...

 

Then the full flat Scandi grind is for you. However, even if the knife comes a fully patterned blade to include the scandi grind, the patterning will eventually start to fade once you start sharpening it and even practically disappear eventually so you end up with a mirror finish grind.

 

A mirror finish Scandi grind is fine with me as it makes for a nice contrast. It might not, however, appeal to everybody and the remedy is to have the grind re-etched. Acids are very dangerous if not handled correctly, so I'm not going to give details as how it's done. Any reputable knife maker will be able to re-etch your blade, so proceed accordingly and stay safe...   
 

 

Example Damascus blades showing a patterned grind (top) and a mirror finished grind (bottom). You can see further examples on the finished knives.

 

 

A new 'Flame' pattern will be available late 2016.

 

I've been meaning to offer the Talisman in Damascus steel for some time, but finding a reliable quality source of billets has not been easy over the years. There are various combinations of steel that go into making Damascus patterned steel, but my favourite composition has been 1095 Carbon steel and 15N20 Nickel steel. That's not to say that all other combinations are useless! Hardness averages at around 56-58Rc depending where the 'Test Pin' hits!

 

The overall dimensions are similar to the Talisman Mk3, including the thickness of the steel at 4mm. Looking after a Damascus steel knife is no different than if you had a high Carbon steel bladed knife. Once finished with, just clean and dry and apply a bit of oil to the blade.

 

 

   

 

 

 

Martyn Watkins Buffalo Horn and Mistral Damascus Talisman

 

 

The handle composition is two thirds Buffalo Horn and one third Mistral, a material used for Kitchen worktops, not too dissimilar to Corian., which Martyn sent me a piece of. It turned out rather nice and all came together well. Anyway, this is his feedback:

 

Hi Paul,  

Sorry I didn't get the chance to mail you yesterday. The knife turned up fine and Its perfect. Just what I was hoping for and I'm pleased some white came through the black on the Buffalo horn. I've posted some pictures on British blades but as I'm a new poster my thread had to be moderated first. I'm sure you are a member so have a look there. 

All the best and thanks for sorting this for me so quickly. 

Martyn.

 

 

Joe Mills Ivory Paper Micarta Handled Damascus Talisman

 

 

Hi Paul.

 

Just a quick note to let you know that I received the knife on Friday.

 

To say that it is a masterpiece is an understatement. Itís better than I thought it would be, and the work on the sheath is absolutely stunning. My only regret is that I promised it to my son who is obviously delighted with it! Iíll have to get you to make another one in the near future.

 

Once again, many thanks for making me such a superb knife.

 

Kind regards

Joe

 

USA DAMASCUS SCANDI

 

Last of the USA Damascus Scandi blade blanks made up for Richard as a gift to his father.

 

Paul, I just received the knife and it the best knife I've ever seen and held. It is stunning and the sheath is a thing of beauty. I'm tempted not to give it to my father. Ha ha. It seems too nice to part with, but he will love it. 

Thanks again Paul,  Rich

 
 

The above two knives now belong to Tom F.

 

These blades are very well patterned, so there's no doubting that they're made from Damascus steel. For those who never owned a Damascus knife, the care and maintenance of carbon steel based Damascus knives is as for any other carbon steel based knife - it's as simple as that.

 

We all like to show off our knives to some degree don't we?! Well, decent quality Damascus never ever disappoints as it's really beautiful stuff no matter the pattern. A quality Damascus knife will take and keep a good keen edge and is no more difficult to sharpen or maintain than any other Carbon steel based knife.

 

   
   

 

 

 

The TALISMAN MK3 Knife

in

4mm thick quality Carbon Damascus steel

1095 Carbon steel and 15N20 Nickel steel

 

 

TALISMAN MK3 & MK4 BASIC KNIFE PRICE

STANDARD KNIFE PRICE

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

IF REQUIRED

 

KNIFE Ė COMPLETE WITH ONE OF THE STANDARD HANDLE MATERIAL FROM THIS LIST WITH BRASS PINS and BRASS TUBE LANYARD HOLE and a STANDARD FIXED BELT LOOP FULL SIZE SHEATH

 

 

 

 

£140

 

PRICE OF EACH INDIVIDUAL EXTRA TO BE ADDED TO BASIC KNIFE COST

 

 

INTEGRATED FIRESTEEL LOOP

 

 £5

MATCHING FIRESTEEL

 

£10

MATCHING CERAMIC ROD SHARPENER

 

£10

ADJUSTABLE BELT EXTENSION LOOP AND 'D' RING

 

£5

MOSAIC PINS instead of Brass/Cooper/Steel pins

 

£5

*** Please add £8.50 to above prices towards p&p to standard UK addresses.

Knife sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery - Insured and next day delivery by 1pm.

 

*** Please add £15 towards p&p for non-standard UK and Overseas Destinations.

 

 

List of Handle Materials

 

Damascus knife build options and pricing table