I think I might have been misunderstood a little. Del-I can understand why you make steel for David, I hate the heat too! But you have to remember one thing. You make damascus to sell for a living. I was talking about getting the steel right from the maker. I see alot of makers making their own damascus these days.
Colin-I think u might be a little mislead on the equipment needed for damascus. You gotta remember both Devin and Del mak e steel for a living. A huge power hamer, press, rollers etc are necessary to make it as fast and as efficient as possible. A week to hammer out a bar? No way boss.
drinky- I think it is fine to go buy steel and send it to a maker but I would never do it. I would want the best that maker could do by themselves. That might just be me though. Hope i cleared up a few things. ryan