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    Default Modern Damascus Barrels

    I held the first piece of raw Damasteel Damascus gun barrel material ever sold into Australia the other day.
    I am so looking forward to seeing it made into a barrel.
    Damasteel Gun Barrel steel Damascus for Custom Firearms DS92x™/DS96x™ - Artisan Supplies

    hopefully I will be allowed to post pictures as the build progresses. It is the same material used by Purdy in their super expensive Damascus range.

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    Interesting that a material that the method of making was lost long before guns were invented, is now used to make them. It is a modern approximation of Damascus Steel.

    It is still a beautiful material tho. I will be looking forward to seeing any pictures. What method will be used to form the barrel?

    Dean

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    I met one of the gun smiths from Purdy the other day. I bought some machines from him he was clearing out an estate. Included in what I bought was a power Hacksaw which he was using to cut up antique Damascus shot gun barrels before I could take the saw.

    Funny coincidence
    ..Live a Quiet Life & Work with your Hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldneweng View Post
    Interesting that a material that the method of making was lost long before guns were invented, is now used to make them. It is a modern approximation of Damascus Steel.
    Hi Dean

    there's a book called 'Out of the Fiery Furnace" which among many many other things covers the disappearance of Damascus steel. The method of making Damascus steel wasn't so much lost as bypassed. All early steels were hammer forged and their properties depended more on the impurities (what today are known as alloying elements) contained within the local source of iron and charcoal.

    From what I recall, Damascus steel disappeared around the time England's iron making industry started exporting cheap iron ingots. The Damascus smiths switched to the cheaper supply and the rest is history as they say ...
    regards from Canmore

    ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian View Post
    Hi Dean

    there's a book called 'Out of the Fiery Furnace" which among many many other things covers the disappearance of Damascus steel. The method of making Damascus steel wasn't so much lost as bypassed. All early steels were hammer forged and their properties depended more on the impurities (what today are known as alloying elements) contained within the local source of iron and charcoal.

    From what I recall, Damascus steel disappeared around the time England's iron making industry started exporting cheap iron ingots. The Damascus smiths switched to the cheaper supply and the rest is history as they say ...
    My memory must be going, going gone.

    You are right. It was not the method so much as the exact ingredients, although the precise method had been lost. Of course just because I read it does not mean it is correct. Ancient history as you said. The only benefit is its historical value and appearance.

    Dean

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    Who is going to make the barrel

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