Show Notes

014 – Stephan Fowler Talks Damascus

014 Show Info – Stephan Fowler Talks Damascus 

Show Topic: Stephan Fowler of Fowler Blades

Overview:  Today we have Stephan Fowler back with us to talk about Damascus and how it is made.  Stephan was on the podcast in show 010, and is very knowledgeable about the art of pattern welded steel.  It was a joy for us to have him back on the podcast to share a ton of great knowledge again!

Show Hosts:  Dan Eastland of Dogwood Custom Knives and Kyle Daily of KH Daily Knives 

Knife Perspective Music: Tom the Brit

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Damascus Interview

  • What is forge welding 
    • Historical significance
    • How does it work – big picture and technical (general and microscopic) 
    • Heat and Force 
      • How much is hammer technique vs. how much is proper heating of the material
      • Heat – Common types of forges     
        • Propane – Advantages / Disadvantages
        • Coal – Advantages / Disadvantages
      • Force 
        • Power Hammer
        • Hydraulic Press
        • Hammer and Anvil
        • 2 or more strikers and an anvil
        • How to properly size an anvil – 10 times the weight of the hammer
    • What is the deal with flux/ borax     
      • What does it do   
      • How should one use it 
        • Why do people use so much   
      • The “No Flux Club”   
  • Forge Welding Patterns
    • Monosteel
    • Cladding
    • San Mi
    • Layered Steel 
  • Folding monosteel (all 1 material)
    • Historical Significance
    • Pros / Cons  
    • Advantages in dealing similar with working heat 
    • How to finish it to get the wave pattern to show
  • Cladding
    • Historical Significance
    • Pros / Cons 
    • Corrosion protection vs. save cost of steel?
  • San Mi         
    • Historical Significance
    • Pros / Cons 
    • Damascus Center / Outside Layers
  • Folding / Layering Different Metals (Commonly thought of as Damascus) 
    • Historical significance
    • Pros / Cons 
    • What are some common metals that can be mated? 
      • How different can they be 
      • Why is silver and nickel alloy used a lot 
    • How are some of the patterns made      
      • Ladder / Rain Drop / Twist / Feather
      • What are your favorite patterns? Feather W patterns
      • What are your favorites to make?
      • What is the best pattern for a new maker / limited tools
  • What are common mistakes with these and how to avoid them 
  • Hamon
    • Historical Significance
    • Any other advantages than looking pretty? Pros / Cons 
  • Etching 
    • Ferricholride
      • Mix Ratio
      • Safety first – Ferrichoride added to water never the other way around
      • Other things to mix it with (Distilled water, Vinegar, etc.)
    • Muratic / Hydrochloric Acid
      • Why does it need to be warm?
      • Safe ways to warm it

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014 – Stephan Fowler Talks Damascus

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