Re: damascus steel?
I've seen Damascus in stores for $1500. That's a bone hilted hunting knife with around 6-7" blade. I love looking at Damascus and lust after it, but honestly can't call myself a true judge or expert on the subject.
I can say I'm a very interested student of the art though. And I'm a collector of cutlery. I know the modern alloys and exotic heat treatments can produce amazing blades, realistically better than Damascus in most respects. Beauty is not one of those considerations...
If I had the $$, I'd ask for contact info.
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