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A Few Damascus Steel Kitchen Knives

Dustin Quade

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So over the summer I received a few commissions for knives some people wanted as Christmas gifts. The knives are supposed to be kitchen knives and while the shape is still the best I have managed to date I still feel there is something off with them though I can’t quite figure what.  I made 4 this week 1 is still needing heat treat etc. and I will post picture of it once I actually get the heat treat done. In the mean time here are some pictures of the 3 others. 2 of them are ladder pattern Damascus and the other is an unknown pattern if anyone recognizes it please let me know. As usual I have taken these up through the grits, 60, 120, 220, 400 and then I etched them for 2 hours in double strength cleaning vinegar. The 4th one I’m hoping to try in coffee to see what that pattern comes out like. All in all pretty happy with the size and shape of them but as always critiques are more than welcome.







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I agree, nice looking work.  Something to consider with cooking knives is that the drop at the blade gets the users knuckles off the cutting board.  The plowshare grip profile you've got is working against that to a certain degree. 

That being said, a lot of butchering is done on hanging stock and I could see that handle angle working nicely there.


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