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Pattern-welded steel blade with zebra wood handle. The blade is comprised of 218 layers of 1095 and 8670 steel.

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The beauty of patterned steel lies in the contrast between the layers. A good contrast requires steels of differing compositions be used. For bright lines, steels high in nickel (in some cases pure nickel) are most often utilized. Simple carbon steels provide the darker lines.

The steel is cleaned and stacked, alternating the layers with the two types of steels. This stack is brought to almost its melting temperature and struck with a hammer. This process is called forge welding. When done correctly the stack essentially becomes a single piece of metal called a billet.

At this point the billet is drawn out. Drawing out a billet is done by hammering the metal while it is hot. Once drawn out to the desired thickness the billet is cleaned by grinding and sanding. It is then cut and restacked. These steps - stacking, forge welding, drawning out, and cleaning - are repeated until the desired amount of layers is achieved.

Next, the piece is then put into an etching solution. Because the two steels etch at different rates, with the nickel etching less or not at all, this process reveals the pattern of the steel. Though specific patterns can be achieved, much of the time when you see this, it has been machined, not hand-crafted. I prefer the more random organic nature of hand-crafted patterned steel. However, there is an element of surprise to this process. Until the etching stage of the process is reached, the pattern is a mystery - even the artist, who has worked to shape the pattern, is not privy to the resulting pattern of their labor prior to this point.

The piece is then darkened with chemicals and sanded again. When sanded the color is removed from the higher or raised areas of the pattern while the lower portion of the pattern remains dark.


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: pattern welded steel, damascus, zebra wood
  • Only ships within United States.
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