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Buckeye Slim by DetloffKnives Buckeye Slim by DetloffKnives
A smooth opening 4.75" Ladder stainless steel Damascus blade from 0.165" thick Devin Thomas billet.  
Has a blue Titanium frame and California Buckeye handles.  The blade seems iridescent when it's shifted in the light and viewed from different angles.
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Given 2013-11-18
Buckeye Slim by *DetloffKnives ( Suggested by HundredHands and Featured by maytel )
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Pwnigator Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist
At first, I thought those wooden handles are potatoes.... wtf, brain?
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Destiny3000 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice! I WANNA BUY ONE!
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DetloffKnives Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
If you're interested in purchasing please send me a note.
Thanks.
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W0nderbolts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
stainless steel? the way its colored, it makes me think that its carved from wood O_o
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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thundertwinkies Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
:laknife: INEEDIT
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xXx--Loki--xXx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Woah! That is such a beautiful blade!
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f--l--A--r--k Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Incredible work! :clap:
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callme007 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
:iconcongratsdd1plz::iconcongratsdd2plz::iconcongratsdd3plz:
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Lokotei Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one sexy knife.
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German-Mutt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just beautiful~
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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome stuff! :D

Now there is one question left... does it work?
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lalogan1525 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Only clicked on this because the wood looked like a potato.
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laydeepunch Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Seriously STUNNING piece of kit. Wow.
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is the second damascus steel knife I've favoured. It's a real beauty. This was the first one fav.me/d65v2uq .
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
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ZeeFluffy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
wow! well done! I love it!
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RussianTim Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Wonderful craftsmanship.  
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The-Intelligentleman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a magnificent knife. Congratulations on a well earned Daily Deviation.
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5Happy5 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is beautiful work. Wonderful combination of materials, I love the blue Titanium. :D
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Hynding Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Amazing, what you wouldn't do for a knife like that.... o.O
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T-Graphix Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Destroying spinal cords in style...
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robson666 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation Clap
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mea00 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Congrats on the DD
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Vypor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I want this blade so badly you have no idea.
Damascus steel, titanium handle.

Mother of God, it's just so gorgeous...
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azierr Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Photographer
doubt its real damascus steel tho no one can make it anymore 
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Vypor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Damascus steel can still be made, many of the skilled smiths today make Damascus steel.
The process for making it is somewhat simple, but the difficulty stems from how long you must spend doing said process.
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azierr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Photographer
isnt original process lost? i mean i saw some people trying to make it look same but none knows original way how to make it (or that's what i thought)
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Vypor Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Yeah the ancient way or whatever it is is pretty much lost.
Heard that people have rediscovered it, but dunno how much truth there is to it.
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Illun Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The original method has long been lost to history, and that hasn't changed. Anyone claiming to do it now has come up with a method that produces similar visual results - which also look absolutely nothing like this picture. This is pretty because it has a smooth wavy look to it, while actual Damascus steel has an irregular, water-like pattern. This is a purely cosmetic choice that has no positive impact on the blade, and almost always has a negative one.

And really, the visual is all that it is worth to anyone to replicate. Modern processes can produce better performing steel, relatively cheaply. Damascus was very good for its day, but it isn't magic. The only reason anyone wants to replicate it now is for historical value, and because a few people are caught up on the name.
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russellcattle Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
The secret of Damascus steel was the subject of an article in Scientific American, which claims that the mystery has been solved.  That pattern on the blade is called "The Ladder of Mohammed", and according to the author(s) of the article, can be reproduced.
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Vypor Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I read once about some other technique from way back when.
Damascus steel isn't all that different from the old ways of making it.
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russellcattle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013

It's been a long time since I read the articles in Scientific American on Damascus steel, so take what I write here with a grain of salt.  It is best that you search out the article and read it for yourself to form your own conclusions.

 

As I recall, there were two articles in SciAm, perhaps separated by decades, on the subject.  The more recent one is fairly convincing, since they used sophisticated techniques of analysis to compare results of modern attempts to reproduce Damascus steel with known originals. 

 

Since I am about to reveal my recollection of the conclusion of the article, consider this a SPOILER ALERT..

 

 

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OK.  Their conclusion was that the secret of Damascus steel, which was "lost" to history, was not so much in the technique of fabrication of a Damascus blade, as it was something inherent in the iron ore that was used.  There were trace impuries of other elements in the iron ore used in making Damascus steel that lent to the metal its exceptional qualities.  The authors believe the source of this special iron ore traces to mines in certain regions of India.  The reason the ability of making Damascus was lost was because disruptions in trade routes between the Middle East and India cut off the supply of the ore that was essential to make Damascus steel. (Either that or the mines that produced this special ore were exhausted.)

 

All this is not to say one way or the other whether the lovely knives on display in this DA thread do in fact qualify as being "Damascus steel".  The opinions I express are not my own, but rather, hazy recollections of the article published in Scientific American.  I am merely trying to provide some information as to whether or not the secret of making "Damascus steel" has been lost forever.

 

 

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Vypor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
And all this from me simply commenting on how gorgeous the blade was.
lol

You don't need to give me a history lesson dude.
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Razerade Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
this looks awesome
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Tucker-M Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful work.
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