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So, I've read (from Hrisoulas) that pure nickel can create some wonderful contrast in pattern-welded billets. However, my local steel supplier doesn't carry any of it, and all the places I can find online seem to sell impure "nickel silver", or charge a lot more than the $5/kg price that it seems to be going for.

Does anyone here use nickel? How much are you paying? Where do you get it?

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Unfortunately, Jantz and Texas Knifemaker's Supply only seem to carry nickel silver, which often contains zinc. I don't think you can weld that.

Also, OnlineMetals seems to be charging something like $100/lb for their sheet; that seems rather high.

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15N20 and L-6 (bandsaw blade) both contain 2% Nickel and both will give good contrast in a damascus billet. They are almost identical in makeup except for the 15N20 contains a bit more moly I think. Anyway it's something that starts with an M and I am too lazy to look it up. Either one will do nicely

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