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I too like Blues find favor with 1095/L6 but don't sell 1018/O-1 short though. I know Tim Zowanda has written that this combination ends up with too little carbon after migration. But I have knives with this combination where the maker has taken special pains to control heat mitigating the criticisms Tim offers. A hunter made by Guy Heilscher in 1018/O-1 has an RC of 60-62 and cuts like the devil. No trade offs there
Overall I guess I prefer random, raindrop, and ladder patterns the best.
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I did NOT escape from the institution! They gave me a day pass!
BFC member since 3 Oct 98 AKTI membership pending VHA and NRA member
[This message has been edited by bald1 (edited 14 September 1999).]
As far as performance damascus has no edge on plain ole carbon steel, so i wont get into the performance differnces of variations in damascus (plus my hands on knowledge in damascus performance variations is to limited to form a supported position!!)
As far as looks- Rob Hudsons flame edge, persian style!