Carbon Steel Damascus Billet, Hardened and Tempered, 3 x 30 x 200 mm (LADDER PATTERN)
Damascus or "forge welded" steel consists of different types of steel heated to welding temperatures and mashed together until they form one steel. The billet is then drawn out, cut or folded. The process is repeated again and again, every time doubling the number of layers.
This is a high carbon steel version where different types of carbon steels are forge welded together, drawn out then stacked and reforged together again and again. This mixes the different grades of steel and when etched in acid the characteristic pattern emerges. The pattern comes from the different alloys of steel etching differently, based on addititives like vanadium, manganese and other elements added to strengthen the steel.
The billet is ready to grind into a blade and is 3 mm x 30 mm x 200 mm in size.
The Damascus billet is heat treated completely, hardened and tempered to 57 HRC. This is a good hardness for outdoor knives as well as general duty kitchen knives.
There are 2 versions, stainless steel with a core of mono-steel and this carbon steel version where the damascus goes all the way through.
Note this is hardened steel and will be very difficult to work with hand tools.
- Grind the billet to your blade design
- Grind in bevels
- Hand sand the blade
- Etch in ferric chloride or etchant solution from an electronics store
- Wash thoroughly with water to neutralise the acid
NOTE: Working with acids can be dangerous. Seek professional advice before undertaking any work that can involve risk of injury.
Showing the ladder patterned billets;