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Old 03-20-2023, 03:31 PM
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Thickness for Damascus?

Hello ya'll. I'm looking for a bit of info. I've got .092" thick 15N20, and am looking at ordering 1080 bars. I'm thinking 1.5" w##e, but what thickness? 1/8" with the .092" thick 15N20? OR, would 3/16" thick 1080 work good with .092" thick 15N20? Or even 1/4" thick 1080? I don't wish the 1080 to be so thick compared to the 15N20 the bright only shows in narrow strips.

I tend to use around 20 layers for the stack. After drawing out, cut into 4 sections, stack and draw out again giving around 60 to 80 layers. I tend to prefer lower layer counts that give bolder patterns.

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Old 03-23-2023, 02:29 PM
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I'm curious too. Any pics of some of your past knives?


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Old 03-23-2023, 09:54 PM
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This first is a medium layer twist I d## a few months ago.


This one is a low layer small petty
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Looks good!

This had me reading some threads on this site about similar questions on layer thickness:
https://www.bladesmithsforum.com

The bar I started was 8 layers at .09" for the 1085 and .10" for the 1095. Ran out of time so we d##n't get my bar drawn out enough so next time over we'll get a fold and to final working length. (Hopefully) Anxious for this first forged piece of mine.


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