Brad Vice, owner & founder of Alabama Damascus Steel, is know for his quality Damascus steel billets and ready made blades. Brad worked in a foundry for 25 years until he hurt his back and was unable to continue there. His cousin, one day, suggested that he should start making Damascus steel. The cousin knew that Bear & Son Cutlery was needing large supplys of Damascus for their knife making business. Thus Brad was on his way to a successful business
Brad forges his billets with use of large air hammers. He uses 3 layors of 52100, 4 layers of 5160, 3 layers of 203E & 3 layers of 15N2o The combination is forged and folded 5 times to give the 416 layers. The billets are then precision ground & etched.
All of the blades Brad makes have been precision ground, laser cut, hollow ground, heat treated and etched.
I have used Brad’s blade in the past and really like the way they come out. I recently purchased 3 ready made blades from Brad at the 2014 Antique Arms Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. I also purchase handle material from Culpepper Knife Making Supplies at that show also.
I had my friend & knife maker Jim Ort make 3 knives using Brad’s blades and Culpeppers handle materials. Check them out: