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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2010 - Page 64

EDC (Every Day Carry) knife. orging t chustom knifemaker billy elton brings history alive. at covert p photos: chuck pittman, inc. o paraphrase an old commercial, knifemaker Billy Helton makes his knives the old fashioned way. “He earns it!” The custom knife arena is a large one, but the number of artisans who actually forge their own steel is just a fraction of the total. The making of hand-forged Damascus steel origi64 nated from techniques used in 300100 BC India and Sri Lanka, where it was referred to as Wootz steel. Simply explained, Damascus is forged by mixing two steels of different carbon content. Once the metal has been shaped the metal receives an acid bath affecting each of the two steels differently, bringing out a pattern on the sur- WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER2010

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