Introduction: Damascus Blades

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Damascus Blade shaping & sharpening from billet to ready to use blade. This image is a before and after shot.

Step 1: Getting a Blank

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Starting with a 416 layer damascus billet we use a water jet to cut out blade blanks

Step 2: Thickness Grind

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The first step is to grind the blanks flat on each side to get the proper thickness. We created blocks to hold and position the blades as we grind them.

Step 3: Smoothing the Backs

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then we smooth the backs by hand

Step 4: Primary Grind

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Placing them back on the block we do a primary grind with the belt angled. This step creates the angel or beveled part of the blade

Step 5: Heat Treatment

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The blades are then placed in an oven at 1700 degrees to begin the heat treatment process

Step 6: Quenching

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When heated to the proper temparture the blades are then quenched. We dunk them in an oil solution for immediate cooling to form the hardness of the steel.

Step 7: Tumbler

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once the heat treatment is completed we place them in a tumbler to remove the scale

Step 8: Etching

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Through a dipping process with a ferric chloride solution the etching reveals the unique pattern of each damascus blade. The blades are now ready for sharpening!

Step 9: Sharpening

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The final step is the sharpening. We use a Japanese water wheel for the plain edge blades and a serration wheel for the serrated blades. The backs are also ground for the locking mechanism.

Step 10: The Blades Ready to Be Installed

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The final step is a quality control check making sure there are no flaws and the shape and sharpening are correct. If necessary they can be checked for proper hardness. They are ready to be installed in a knife handle or multi tool and should last for many years and easily resharpened!

Step 11: Finished Products

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tytower (author)2017-10-21

Are these standard with a leatherman or do the come separately as an add on ? What makes damascus steel useful for this or better than the leatherman blade? apart from the name.

txtoolcrafters (author)tytower2017-10-25

No they don't generally come with a Leatherman it's an add on. We don't sale any stock Leatherman products. Damascus Steel is almost always used for blades though lately a few companies are making some jewelry with it. It's used in high quality chef knives and swords as well as any personal knife. With Damascus you get a much sharper edge and that's the #1 reason its used. It's also much easier to sharpen from home. The name Damascus is more about how the steel is made. Ours are with 416 layers forged & folded several times to create the billet. There are only 2 companies in the US that make Damascus Steel but many DIY home blacksmith make their own Damascus. We get out billets from Alabama Damascus Steel co.

Yonatan24 (author)tytower2017-10-23

It looks awesome and might be harder, depending on the steel that's used...

raimundolemos (author)2017-10-21

1700℉, 926 ℃ for heat treatment?

yes that's right!

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