Surrounded in secrecy, Damascus steel has an aura surrounding it like no other material. Legend has it that, the original blade of a Damascus sword can cut cleanly through another sword and will still sever a hair falling on it. Damascus steel has achieved a mythical status, as the knowledge needed to produce this ancient material was lost in the early 1800s.
Here at HomeTown Knives we use the finest modern steels and alloys (15N20, 1095 and 5160). As the different alloys are heated and then forge welded together before being folded over and forge welded again. This produces a laminated material that has an amalgam of the characteristics of the materials that went into its creation.
The benefit, you get a composite blade structure of hard and soft material. The softer 15N20 gives the ductility and the 1095 and 5160 give the hardness and toughness. With combined hardening and tempering you get a blade that is not only functional but is an art piece.
Geek Alert: The Damascus blade compromises of a Martensite or Pearlite matrix, within which are micro carbide layers that produce microscopic “teeth” in a cutting edge. In recent years, researchers have also discovered evidence of carbon nanotubes and tungsten micro alloys, adding to the mystique. This Damascus steel features a distinctive pattern, which, depending on the individual sample, fire flowing or twist of grains or feather.
Hometown Knives is a family own business based in Madison, WI. We started making knives in Pakistan in the early 90's and carried it forward in the late 90's when we moved to the States. Our forge is still located in Pakistan and produces quality damascus steel which not only gets used by us in the states but also gets distributed to other knife makers in the mid west area.
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Over the years we have promoted our Hometown Knives brand as far out as possible by attending knife shows, hunting trade shows and have successfully built a large loyal customer base. If you see us or any of our distributors in the trade shows please don't hesitate to stop by and ask any questions. We take custom orders and can have your orders back to you in 4-5 weeks.
Verona, WI 608-215-7000
Below are some of the well-known Damascus Steel Patterns that our Knives are made in:
Rain Drop Banded Ladder
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Hometown Knives, 915 Enterprise Dr, Verona, WI, 53593,
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Our Damascus Process is illustrated and detailed below:
Steps 1 through 4 (illustrated above left to right) are called out below;
1. Plates of 1095 High Carbon and Nickel 15N20 are laid out
2. We stack the plates and tack weld them together to keep them in place
3. Next the stack is heated in the forge until its glowing orange or close to melting point
4. Then, the stack is taken over to the hammer and forged together
5. The billet is then profiled / cut in the soft state
6. Heat-treating (the most important step of the process):
We first preheat the furnace to 1500o F and place the profiled blade in the furnace and monitor the thermocouples to climb back to 1500F and let it soak for 5 mins. The blade is immediately quenched in oil. The blade is tempered at 400 deg F twice for 1 hr each.
7. Grinding from low to high grit wheels to achieve the fine surface finish and polish.
Depending on the style and shape of the blade the grind and polishing can take many more hours, but from start to finish it generally takes at least 30hr to finish a knife.
8. Leather is formed and traced to fit the knife like a glove. We use quality and high gauge cowhide.
· Keep the blade oiled to prevent it from rusting.
· For all long term storage, please keep it out of the sheath
· For sharpening we recommend using ceramic stones and oil to sharpen the blade in odd numbers.
Note: Damascus steel has high carbon content so when exposed to acidic environments it will rust. Therefore we recommend cleaning the blade dry and applying thin lay of oil (Rem oil / Olive oil ...).
WARRANTY: We offer Lifetime warranty on the blade (Metallurgy). This includes any manufacturing defects that arise over the life of the knife like, crack due to delamination of layers, porosity and hardness. NOTE: It doesn't include any maintenance related defects; eg. Rust or Crack due to Excessive force.
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