Mike Norris Damascus
Specializing in Stainless Damascus
About Mike

Biography

At age 20, I began a career as a pipe and tube welder in the petrochemical, paper, nuclear, and boiler industry, the latter part of which I worked as a Quality Control Manager for a company located in South Carolina. It was during this time, (in 1982) at the age of 28, that I made my first knife. This became a passion that I pursued part time throughout the next 11 years, during which time I became a Knifemaker’s Guild Member.

After meeting and marrying my beautiful wife Renee in 1993, I made the commitment to make knives full time, in order that I would not have to continue traveling to various parts of the country, which my job required.

After two years as a full time maker, I became interested in stainless steel Damascus, and decided to make some for my own knives. After building a hydraulic press and a gas forge, I began forging stainless Damascus, and within two weeks had produced enough for a few knives and a few extra billets, which I offered for sale at the Knifemaker’s Guild Show in Orlando that year. Much to my surprise, I took home the Berretta Award for outstanding achievement for that year, (1995). Within two years from that date, I no longer had time to make knives, due to filling orders for Damascus, which continues to this day.

Another passion of mine is bow-hunting. If you can’t get me in the fall or early winter when you call, it may be because I am sitting in a tree with a bow in my hand. There is nothing like the solitude that I experience during these times.

Having said all that, the greatest blessing of all is to be able to come home to my family, (my wife, my youngest daughter of 14, and my mother, who we are taking care of) in the evening and enjoy their company until I leave for the shop the next morning. I owe all my success to my wife Renee, who has always supported me in all my endeavors, whether it was making knives, making damascus, or even bow hunting, (yes, even bow hunting)

Patterns
I have many different patterns for you to choose from. All of them have been personally hand forged by me. You can see a gallery of knives made with my steel by clicking here.  

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Heat-Treating and Etching

Stainless Steel Damascus

Heat-treating:

 

1. Wrap blades in heat treat foil. Do not put any paper in foil. Preheat furnace to 1900 degrees (Fahrenheit). Place blade in furnace and watch controller. When temp. climbs back up to 1900, let blade soak for 20 minutes.

2. Remove blades from furnace and cut foil open. Immediately remove blades and quench in light oil or forced air.

3. Place blades in freezer overnight or for 2 hours in dry ice and acetone.

4. Temper twice at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) for 2 hours.

Etching:

1. Finish grinding blade to 2,000 grit belt and mirror polish just like a 440 blade.

2. Mix a solution of 50% archer Etchant (ferric chloride) and 50% distilled water. Heat the solution to 100 degrees for best results. Submerge blade in solution for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from solution and rinse with tap water. While rinsing, rub excess oxide from blade with finger (rub lightly). Pat blade dry with a paper towel. Set it aside for a couple of hours. This helps set the contrast. Then, lightly buff with a loose wheel running at about 1700 RPM,s or less. Do not buff heavy.

** NOTE: I have finished this steel in many different ways and this process gives you the most beautiful etch. Don’t etch the steel too deep or it will begin to have a grainy appearance. The finished appearance will also depend on how the steel is heat-treated. If the blade soaks too long at 1900 degrees and decarburizes, it will not etch evenly and will look splotchy.

**If you have any questions or problems, feel free to call me at (606)202-1943
Specifications

My normal stainless Damascus mixture is 19c-27, 302, and D2.

The D2 is interspersed in the center of the billet so that when the billet is patterned, the D2 will be interspersed across the cutting edge, enhancing cutting ability.

The D2 is usually not included in the fireclone pattern or twist patterns, but will add it if requested.

I have and will use other steels on request, and sometimes make san-mai damascus.

I have found that the above mentioned combination of steels produces great cutting ability as well as producing a beautiful blade when finished and etched properly.

I occasionally make carbon damascus by special order, but do not push it since there are so many great carbon Damascus makers out there that do beautiful work.

Pricing

All pricing is per inch.

Broad Ladder
Gator Skin
Tight Ladder
Rain Drop
Frequency
Acid Rain
Bent Lightning
Sunstorm
Cazy Lace
Modified Sunstorm
Composite Ladder
Hornet's Nest
Fire Clone
.100x1 11.50 11.50 14.95 16.10 13.80 17.25
.100x1.25 14.00 14.00 18.20 19.60 16.80 21.00
.100x1.5 16.50 16.50 21.45 23.10 19.80 24.75
.100x1.75 19.00 19.00 24.70 26.60 22.80 28.50
.100x2 21.50 21.50 27.95 30.10 25.80 32.25
.125x1 11.50 11.50 14.95 16.10 13.80 17.25
.125x1.25 14.00 14.00 18.20 19.60 16.80 21.00
.125x1.5 16.50 16.50 21.45 23.10 19.80 24.75
.125x1.75 19.00 19.00 24.70 26.60 22.80 28.50
.125x2 21.50 21.50 27.95 30.10 25.80 32.25
.156x1 12.75 12.75 16.58 17.85 15.30 19.13
.156x1.25 15.75 15.75 20.48 22.05 18.90 23.63
.156x1.5 18.75 18.75 24.38 26.75 22.50 28.13
.156x1.75 21.75 21.75 28.28 30.45 26.10 32.63
.156x2 24.75 24.75 32.18 34.65 29.70 37.13
.187x1.25 17.50 **** 22.75 24.50 21.00 26.25
.187x1.5 21.00 **** 27.30 29.40 25.20 31.50
.187x1.75 24.50 **** 31.85 34.30 29.40 36.75
.187x2 28.00 **** 36.40 34.30 29.40 36.75
.220x1.25 19.25 **** 25.08 26.95 23.10 28.88
.220x1.5 23.25 **** 30.23 32.55 27.90 34.88
.220x1.75 27.25 **** 35.43 38.15 32.70 40.88
.220x2 31.25 **** 40.63 43.75 37.50 46.88

All Prices are in US Dollars($)

CONTACT
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY DAMASCUS STEEL. I WORK VERY HARD TO ENSURE THAT I PRODUCE THE VERY BEST QUALITY EACH AND EVERY TIME. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME FOR ANYTHING AT ALL YOU CAN QUICKLY SEND ME AN EMAIL HERE
ssdamascus@hotmail.com
(606)2021943