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Old 04-17-2003, 04:42 PM
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W Damascus layers??

I have been thinking about making some W pattern Damascus. I am wondering though, how many times the billet should be doubled over (minimum) to achieve a desirable pattern? I plan on starting with 15 layers of 1" wide 1084 nan 15N20.

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Old 04-17-2003, 10:28 PM
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"W" layer count....

Brian,

Keep the layer count fairly low for "W" patterns........less than 50 for a courser pattern, and not more than 100 for a fine pattern. Once you get past 100 layers with "W" pattern, it gets so fine that the finished product almost looks blurry.


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Old 04-18-2003, 08:00 AM
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Thanks Ed. Low layer count is great news as I am still pounding my billets with only a hammer.

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