to anyone interested there is a website or email address not sure
which handmadesword.com but they are offering some email sales and
special offers of damascus katana swords for cheap, cheap enough to
chop up and use the material for other projects any how thought this
may be a good source of material for someone interested - goo
Alternatively go to a knifemaking supply house, such as Texas
Knifemaker’s Supply, and purchase damascus billets. Not cheap but a
lot easier than making your own.