What happens to damascus when you thin it?

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  1. Nov 8, 2018 at 6:21 PM #1

    Viggetorr

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    If I were to thin a damascus knife, what would happen to the pattern? Does it look the same as the rest of the knife in that area that's been thinned, or does the pattern disappear and need to be re-etched to return?
     
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    When you thin you are removing the layer of etched steel that provides contrast, so that the pattern will still be there, but will be be very faint. The pattern will also change somewhat. To make the finish uniform over the whole blade you can either etch it to produce a high contrast, or use fingerstones to produce an effect similar to a Shigefusa Kitaeji blade.
     
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    If fingerstones will be useful depends on the damascus makeup. They're usually used for soft damascus claddings like the japanese use. Hardened damascus typically needs etching processes (and polishing). I wouldnt advice to reetch though, better to transfer it to a shiny stoned bevel-area over time imo. But it's a matter of preferences I guess.
     
  4. Nov 9, 2018 at 11:37 AM #4

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    Thanks for the input guys. Letting it transition into a non-damscusy area over time is interesting, never really thought about that. I guess it would look somewhat like Yoshikane SLD black damascus (but less pronounced)...
     
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    Though for japanese soft clad damascus, a stone polish/kasumi will show the damascus well, like maybe a sample would be hinoura river jump. The yoshi would probably too look like that.
     
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    One can also use snyggjärn san mai ®️, and kasumi shows it's pattern a bit similar too damascus.
     
  7. Nov 9, 2018 at 5:31 PM #7

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    When you thin the damascus, you will slowly reveal a secret Japanese message. It will translate to "You Paid To Much For This Knife. Thank You For Supporting The Japanese Economy"
     
  8. Nov 9, 2018 at 5:35 PM #8

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    is the regular japanese nickel crapola "damascus" just etched? or is it actually polished/ground to get the effect?

    I have a vg10 shiki. the previous series to black dragon series. and the damascus pattern is very deep, deep valleys and ridges. you can feel it. i think they sand blasted it first and then etched it and then polished it.
     

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