My collaborator/partner just got one for his birthday:
I have quite a few patterned steel knives often called “damascus” that are somewhat different from each other and from a dual core. If we accept the definition of Walter Sorrells:
only the Shun dual core is fully “damascus” in that the entire blade is made up of two different steels—layered, fused, and folded. The patterned steel knives that I have may use some sort of damascus process to provide a bimetal cover laminated to a harder steel core on both sides.
Here’s a pretty good informal description of some of the possibilities by Nico Nicolaides, a young American bladesmith/designer (begin at about 5:30):
Here’s the kind of knife Nicolaides has made:
So far, I’ve thought of comparing the Shun dual core with two sg-2 damascus knives—my Shun Kaji 7” hollow ground santoku and my Miyabi 8” birchwood Chef’s knife.
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