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Make a Damascus Steel Knife out of Paper Part 2


We have finished gluing together the knife and once it is dry we can work on it and bring out the damascus pattern. I show you several techniques for bringing out this pattern and then we finish off the knife.

Part 1 of this tutorial is here




Press it

Ok, once all your layers are glued together place it between two sheets of paper and then put a whole bunch of books on it to press it down and let it dry. This may take a couple of days to completely dry.


Let's Clean it up and bring out the pattern


Clean the edge

Once the glue has dried you need to clean off the edges all the way around it. More glue squeezed out and hardened so it will take a bit of effort to clean this up. Use an x-acto knife and wear safety gloves! Or you can use sand paper to sand off all the dried glue.

Dremel the pattern

Now we can start to bring out the pattern in the paper. This involves removing paper at an angle.

There are a lot of different ways to do this. And a dremel tool is the fastest. You can get it shaped and looking good real fast with a dremel. But you have to be careful. It is easy to make mistakes this way.


Rolled sandpaper

Sanding is one of the best ways to do this. You can use a piece of sand paper and you can wrap it around a pencil to in order to get in the tight spots.


Sanding Block

One of the best things you can do is wrap sand paper around a piece of wood and use that as a sanding block.

Sand at an angle

The important thing is that you are working the paper at an angle like this. It is what causes the layering effect and the ripples that give us our damascus pattern.

And there are a wide variety of tools you can use including a belt sander or even a rasp. Different tools create different effects and affect the pattern differently so do a little and observe how the paper responds.

A rasp   A Belt sander


Gently sand it

The best thing you can do is use a small piece of sand paper and do some light sanding, carefully observing how the paper responds to it and how the pattern comes out.

Have fun with this. Do the blade as a minimum. And do the handle if you want it patterned. Otherwise let me show you how to finish this knife off.


Paint the handle

Ok, once you are done with all the sanding work wipe it clean with a dry rag or paper towel and you can go ahead and paint the handle if you would like to. Have fun with this.


Seal with glue

Now let's seal it with a layer of white glue. This will preserve it. Keep it strong and keep the colors nice and bright.


Spray with high gloss

As a final, optional step you can spray seal it with a high shine acrylic. This will give it a nice sheen. But this is optional.


That's It! Your Damascus steel knife is done! If you make this project be sure to send me an email.

The Damascus steel knife


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