DAMASCUS AND MOKUME GANE BILLETS AND
RINGS FOR SALE
Heavin Forge/Damsel Damascus offers carbon damascus steel for sale as well as mokume gane (nonferrous damascus) all of which we make ourselves. We also make and sell jewellery from our mokume and damascus. Bertie le Roux, Heather and Kevin Harvey and Rucus Coetzee all get to play in the “Hot House”, our forge. We have a 100kg Hartmann air hammer (Hit-ler), a home built 30 kg power hammer (the Iron Maiden) and a 30 ton press (De-Press) as well as muscle power, imagination and a lot of sweat. Our anvils are all over 100 years old and serve us well.
We try to carry a small amount of stock, but we are prepared to make according to your needs. We can also forge your knife to a rough profile to save you some material. Our damascus and mokume come with info sheets giving information on how to work with the material. Please contact us on 087 808 4413 or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The patterns we create are very varied and what makes damascus and mokume gane so unique and collectable is that it can never be recreated exactly, each piece will be different, it is after all made by hand and not by a machine. Our mosaic bolsters are made in a block with the pattern on the end face and once they are cut up and sold, we can never recreate that exact pattern. We try to use at least three different steels in the damascus so it will give a great effect if hot gun-blued. The patterns we offer include, twist, ladder, trout rises, bull horns, tartan, scaffold, quilt and random chaos in billet form. We also make chain and cable damascus. Bolster material is mainly mosaic or dazzles patterns.
The mokume gane is usually made from copper and brass, but we do sometimes add in a little nickel silver. We use surface manipulation patterns from one side for bolster use. Patterns include ladder, random, raindrops, tartan, quilt and butterflies.
Our damascus rings are generally made from a “Feather” pattern to bring out the best effect on the surface of the ring. The mokume rings are generally a random pattern.
WHAT IS DAMASCUS STEEL?
Over 2000 years ago man needed to create a strong steel. This he did by forge-welding and folding high and low carbon steels at high temperatures to create a steel that was flexible but hard enough to hold an edge. The pattern in the steel can be manipulated and is brought out by etching the steel in acid. Damascus steel was perfected by the Japanese and Vikings and it was believed to have magical properties. There are very few bladesmiths who make their own damascus steel these days and it is a rare and collectible material usually used for knife blades.
Fusion Damascus Rings by
Heavin Forge, Belfast, South Africa
www.heavinforge.co.za email@example.com +27 (0) 87 808 4413
A HAND MADE RING MADE FROM HAND-FORGED DAMASCUS STEEL, AS UNIQUE AS A FINGERPRINT.
The Fusion Damascus Ring symbolizes the lifelong “bond” between two people. Forging a union between two individual steels, each with a distinctive “personality”. When fused under the power of the fire and hammer, creates an entity stronger and more beautiful than the individual on its own.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RING
Damascus steel can rust if not cared for. By wearing your ring you will prevent it from rusting. You may experience a slight dark line on your finger under the ring for the first day or two, this will disappear. Please dry your ring well when you wash your hands and don’t leave it lying in water as it will then rust. If you wear the ring often, it will pick up the oils from your skin and with the constant friction, will require little maintenance. If however, you store your ring for any length of time, rub a little Museum Wax or Vaseline onto it to prevent rust. If your ring does pick up a bit of rust, just rub it with a little metal polish and wax it. The more you ware your ring, the more beautiful it will look. We do make rings with sterling silver or titanium linings if you would prefer a lined ring.
THE MAKING OF YOUR RING
When people ask me how long it takes to make a Damascus ring, I answer “25 years” as that is the time it has taken for me to perfect my craft, and I am still learning. I start by grinding clean high carbon steel, high nickel tool steel and pure nickel. I start with about 5 to 9 layers which I then heat up in a gas forge to about 1 400 degrees C. I forge weld these layers together, draw them out to twice their original length and then fold the steel, doubling the layer count. This is repeated until I have between 150 to 300 layers. I then pattern the steel and flatten it again before it is annealed at 750 degrees C, cooling for 16 hours. I then acid pickle the steel to get rid of the fire scale. The steel is then surface ground and I begin marking out the ring. I start with a solid disc of steel and bore out the middle using a lathe. This is the only way I can achieve a solid ring without any joint, it does mean however that most of the Damascus is then sacrificed to the “Damascus gods”! I then shape the outside of the ring, free hand on a grinder, polish the inside and outside of the ring, degrease it and etch it in ferric chloride for a few hours. The ring is then buffed and waxed. It is a long, hot, labor intensive process to reveal the beauty of the steel, but worth the effort.
A NOTE TO JEWELLERS
Damascus is a ferrous steel and unlike nonferrous metals, it cannot be resized. If you are lining the ring, use a “finger push fit” as you cannot force the Damascus open. If the ring looks dull, it can be lightly buffed and re-waxed. Phone me if you have any questions.
ABOUT HEATHER HARVEY
Heather originally trained as a farrier in the U.S.A, after shoeing horses for many years she developed a very bad allergy to horses and turned to traditional blacksmithing, running the blacksmith shop at Gold Reef City for 10 years. She began making and selling Damascus steel in 1995. She met Kevin Harvey at Gold Reef City where he had the knife making shop. Heather learned to make knives from Kevin and he learned to make Damascus from her. They combined their workshops and moved to a small holding in Belfast, Mpumalanga in 2001, together with their dogs and horses, here they make knives and swords together and offer courses on bladesmithing. In between all the work they enjoy fly-fishing, horse riding and 4 x 4ing. Kevin and Heather are both Master Bladesmiths with the American Bladesmith Society, members of the Knifemakers’ Guild of Southern Africa and Heather is the second only lady Master Bladesmith in the world.
WHAT IS MOKUME GANE?
Mokume gane is a patterned metal (named for its similarity to wood grain) developed by Japanese swordsmiths. It is made by fusing together several layers of different metals, and then manipulating the layers in a way that causes a pattern to be visible. It is traditionally as well as most often made from copper, silver and gold alloys, but theoretically almost any metal can be used in mokume gane to some extent, although each combination of metals will have very specific parameters for bonding and forging in order to be successful. Some combinations can be bonded but are not forgeable at all.
By special request we can put a short name, date or symbol in the mokume gane on your ring. This is incredibly difficult to do, but not impossible. The two photos above show the date 01-10-’05. This is the ultimate personalized gift for someone special.
JEWELLERY FOR SALE
Lined Damascus Steel Ring by the Heavin Forge Team
Size “V’ - Price R1 600
“Feather” pattern damascus steel with sterling silver lining. Size “V” gives an inside diameter of
20.35 mm. The ring is 10 mm wide to show off the pattern.
Lined Mokume Gane Ring by the Heavin Forge Team
Size “P 1/2” Price: R1 400
“Random” pattern mokume gane made from brass, copper and nickel silver. Lined with sterling silver. 8.5 mm wide, size P 1/2 which gives an inside diameter of 18.2 mm.