I have been making knives for 28 years. I make my own Damascus, everything from random patterned to pattern-welded mosaic in my blacksmith shop in Warsaw, Missouri. I make all sorts of knives including hunters, small and large to small swords. I use 1084, 1095 spring steel, 15n20, and L6 tool steel in my Damascus. I prefer to use sambar stag and fossil ivories on the handles with nickel silver for the fixtures.