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01-04-2004, 05:54 PM
Hello. My name is Maxim. I own and run a small workshop of custom made bladed weaponry in Russia. You are welcome to visit my web page at:

This is my first export project. Any questions or comments about the knives, materials, English terminology, prices etc. are most welcome at my e-mails: or

I humbly ask moderators to tell me if my posting is in the wrong forum or I did something wrong.

01-04-2004, 11:36 PM
nice knives I love the birch handles,I humble ask that you join in the discussings here on the forums:D

01-05-2004, 05:31 AM
I would be glad to join the discussings here. But I got no questions or comments here yet.

01-05-2004, 07:05 AM
Great explaination on the good points of birch bark. I have seen it on knives before , but never knew it was for such good reasons.
You say on your site your damaskus is made from four sorts of steel. What are they, and what carbon content in each? I have been to your site before. Some other member posted a link to it awhile back.
I like the embossing on your sheaths, they look almost hot stamped.
My favorites are D6, D9, D10 and D25. Great features on the D10 Tungus survival knife. Good luck and welcome.

01-05-2004, 07:45 AM
The animal drawings on the sheaths are not stamped but burnt by hand, they all are different, it is hours long process. All is handwork. BTW, what is the English word for that device you use to burn drawings on wood and leather?

I will give a detailed answer on damascus a bit later. I am on my business trip to Europe with my knives and sales are first of all at the moment.

Meanwhile you can also visit my photo archive at

Any comments are welcome.

01-05-2004, 08:22 AM
Dang it, now I got new favorites. That F20 deserves a name of its own. It is one sweet looking dagger. The skull crusher pommel hurts just looking at it.

01-05-2004, 06:43 PM
The Russian steels we use to make Damascus are designated by the Russian characters but below is their approximate transliteration. We use different combinations of these steels as well as some others sometimes. If you need more detail, you?d better ask me later when I get back to my workshop. It will be about mid January.

60SG similar to 60G:

C Si Mn Ni S P Cr Cu
0.57 - 0.65 0.17 - 0.37 0.7 - 1 <0.25 <0.035 <0.035 <0.25 <0.2

U10A similar to U10 but with less sulfur and phosphorus. U10:

C Si Mn Ni S P Cr Cu
0.96 - 1.03 0.17 - 0.33 0.17 - 0.33 <0.25 <0.028 <0.03 <0.2 <0.25


C Si Mn Ni S P Cr Cu
0.62 - 0.7 0.17 - 0.37 0.9 - 1.2 <0.25 <0.035 <0.035 <0.25 <0.2


C Si Mn Ni S P Cr Cu
0.95 - 1.05 0.4 - 0.65 0.9 - 1.2 <0.3 <0.02 <0.027 1.3 - 1.65 <0.25


C Si Mn Ni S P Cr Cu
1.16 - 1.23 0.17 - 0.33 0.17 - 0.28 <0.2 <0.018 <0.025 <0.2 <0.2


C Si Mn Ni S P Cr Cu
0.96 - 1.03 0.17 - 0.33 0.17 - 0.28 <0.2 <0.018 <0.025 <0.2 <0.2

01-05-2004, 07:03 PM
Hate to bug you while you are on the road, but I was wondering what lead you to use these particular combinations of steel? What edge holding to toughness to shapenabilitiy were you trying to get. Which ones have given you the best results?

02-01-2004, 11:42 AM
what lead you to use these particular combinations of steel?
--- It is a common sense and experience. Some steels are better for knives, some for machetes and other hacking items. It is always a creative and experimenting process. For knife blades we use, for example, 60SG, ShH15SG, U12A, 5HFA. It is not only carbon that we are thinking of. We use steels containing very low percentage of sulfur and phosphorus. For machetes and the like we take steels with more silicon, manganese, chromium, vanadium. As I said it is a common sense. I cannot say that we have found some magic steel combination and always use it. We use different steels just combined by our main principles. Beside the types of steel, the technological nuances of making damascus also influence the result.

BTW, I have renewed some pictures at my export page