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posted by Colleen Shirazi, July 22, 2007 at 12:14 PM (Pacific)

I saw part of a very nice documentary on Deutsche Welle tv the other day. When I went to the Deutsche Welle website, I couldn't find anything about the documentary...it was about a Russian woman blacksmith. Apparently there aren't that many female blacksmiths, at least not in Russia, and this one was using something called Damascus steel to make swords and knives.

I dunno, I just liked it. They showed this...block of layers of the Damascus steel, about six layers. She would heat it, hammer it, double it again...like a pastry dough, it kept getting more and more layers of steel. Finally the steel was twisted, which produced a unique pattern in the finished knife, so no two knives produced this way were alike. It's an expensive piece, the price quoted for a knife was around $10,000 US. But in all likelihood, you're thinking, it is an eternal piece. Hard to imagine it ever breaking. :)

In one part, she said the knife knew the mood of the knife-maker; a good mood while making the knife, produced a good knife. She added that cursing while making the knife was not good...knives hate it when you curse.

lol! She had a point about the mood! About the cursing though, that's got to be a natural part of making jewelry, if not of making knives. I'll have to try it out next time, making a piece of jewelry without cursing. Hmmm... I'll let you know how it works out.

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