Bob’s custom Damascus, also known as ‘pattern welded steel’, is the result of combining at least two different types of steel that harden and temper in the same range to achieve a desired aesthetic. Damascus has a complex creation process and requires lots of time and concentration; it constantly allows me to tap into my creativity to produce a unique art piece that is also a high performance tool for your kitchen.
Bob begins with two or more different types of carbon tool steel, each of which harden and temper in the same range.
He layers the steel into a ‘steel sandwich’, tack-weld it together and put in a hot forge, where the steel becomes “sticky.”
Forge Welded & Drawn
The ‘steel sandwich’ is then placed under the hammer where the material is set and drawn out, lengthening the billet.
Drawn Billet Cut & Restacked
Each layer represents 25 layers of steel, so once this stack is fused there will be 125 layers here. This process will be repeated one more time.
The billet is then rolled and imprinted to create the pattern. This particular billet is comprised of 400 layers.
This is really the heart and soul of the blade. Heat treatment is crucial for a high performance blade. Every blade in my shop gets heat treated, one blade at a time. The full process takes two and a half days to complete. Each thermal process is held within ten degrees and the end product surpasses aerospace standards.
Finished Blade, handle roughed in
This is a finished flip flop pattern Damascus blade with the handle roughed in.
Finished Damascus Steel Knife
8″ Chef (European Style) Flip Flop Damascus with Dyed Big Leaf Maple Handle.