Damascus / Damascening
Hi Everyone, There is a lot of confusion when it comes to these
terms. “Pattern Welded” steel is the technically, more accurate
terminology for “Damascus” steel, however Damascus is so entrenched
to describe this process, that were kind stuck with. I’ve even given
up, & myself use the term Damascus.
I have given a good description of the process in the "Material"
section of my website which can be accessed directly at
http://www.jensenknives.com/damascus.html (There is also info on
fossil ivory & titanium. among other things) “Damascening” has
nothing to do with pattern welded steel, the only similarities is
that iron is involved. Damascening is the process of hammering gold
onto iron, usually to depict a recognizable visual. This makes a
dramatic play of gold color on a black background. The steel is
scored, & soft gold is hammered over the area which gets locked into
place due to the undercuts in the steel. More info can be found in
the “Glossary” section of my website as well…
I’m guessing that the question of non-knife artists using Damascus
in there work was posed by Phil Poirier? (The response was directed
only to “Phil”, so I’m not 100%) I’m guessing this is the case. as I
sent Phil an e-mail asking him that very question. So, if anybody
knows anybody please let me know. I am trying to put together a
database of artists using Damascus. I have a lead on a gallery show
with half knives & half other Damascus objects.
Thanks, I’ve been part of Orchid for two days now & it has already
proven a lot more interesting & informative than some of the dumb
knife lists I’m on!
John Lewis Jensen
(626) 449 - 1148