I personally don't think it looks all that good. But I don't think gold looks good either. I guess this is why we get opinions. And by your barebones answer, I guess it offers nothing in the way of practicality?akapennypincher wrote:It looks cool.
No two blades are alike in pattern.
It is CLASS.
I would argue that Spyderco in general fits well into this category regardless of the use of pattern welded steels. I further imagine that this is an opinion many others out there hold, which could explain why we often end up with more s that we could possibly use in a lifetime? That certainly is the case for me.The Deacon wrote:Damascus elevates a knife from being just a tool to being a piece of functional jewelry and, while some folks are satisfied with something that functions well but looks pedestrian, others are willing to pay extra for something that functions equally well and looks really good doing it.
Thanks for that Sal. Very interesting insight. Also interesting you brought up Vikings. Any chance you and the crew are working on an Ulfberht Spyderco?sal wrote:Hi Officer Gigglez,
At this time, I believe that attraction is more visual. Considering that most decisions made about most purchases are based on the eye, this is not far out. But I believe that this is also a value based on a history. This is my own opinion and theory and I have no evidence to support my beliefs. Maybe Some of our metallurgical experts can offer more?
When the Vikings made damascus back in the day (800 AD), they were swords/weapons and their lives depended on the performance of their swords. Combining two different steels offered a much tougher blade that resisted breaking better than single steels. The worst thing that can happen to you in a blade fight to the death is that your sword breaks. When sharpening the edge, the softer material gave way to the harder material creating a serrated edge. The serrated edge cut more aggressively and stayed sharper longer.
As time went on and knowledge of metals evolved, The performance difference between Damascus and "traditional" materials was reduced and the pattern welded steel was lost in time as was the methods of making it. About half century ago, a master smith, Bill Moran, discovered how to make the Damascus material and re-introduced Damascus at a Guild show.
In the past 50 years, makers like Darrel Meyer, Ed Schempp and others have discovered/invented new ways of making pattern welded steel that further refines the patterns possible.
Also new methods of making steel, such as powdered processes allow us to make steel that for all practical purposes, looks like folded steel, but is not folded. Damasteel is one very sophisticated method producing a "Damascus" that is not folded. Takefu and other Japanese companies also have ways of making Damascus that offers other advantages such a different materials offering migration barriers.
To my knowledge Spyderco has never used Damasteel. Damasteel contains RWL-34 and powdered version of 12C27, that is pretty modern manufacturing and steels.remnar wrote:All of the Spyderco damasteel knives that I've seen have not appealed to me.
If I want better performance, then I'll stick with a good quality modern steel.
That's about the size of it from my perspective.Gunslinger wrote:It's purdy