I am really starting to like the twisted Damascus pattern!
Benjy, on the last pattern, how many layers and how many twists? All the photos look really NICE! You mention etching the blade, then finishing the scales - does that remove the pattern from the tang edge? If so, how do you get the etched pattern back on tang? Q-tip?
So there is a transition from the bright sanded tang area to the still dark etched spine
That is an interesting Idea I have not seen that done with Damascus. The twist is really cool though. I guess I need to try that next. I should be able to pull that off by hand.I do not re-etch the the tang, the etch kind of clutters the look of the vine carving so I clean off the top of the blade all the way out to the point
I agree on not etching the file work - I've seen where folks have put black epoxy fill in the file work to make it stand out.
That billet above is really nice. While I like the low count damascus with 2-1/2 twists in first post, but this one is really nice also. How many layers? How did you do that pattern? It's NICE