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Old 02-29-2004, 09:09 PM   #1
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Damascus Slides

Other than Caspian...does anyone know of a manufacturer than mills Damascus Steel Slides? Caspians are beautiful but at $575.00 a copy they are a little pricey...
 
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Old 02-29-2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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I am unaware of anyone else doing it. And I would agree with nothing to gain structurally that I know of it is quite a price for an interesting look. But interesting it is.
 
Old 03-01-2004, 08:44 AM   #3
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Beautiful Steel isnt it...figured I would go with a Carbon lower parkerized and Polish the Slide to a matt finish kind of a Duo tone effect...
 
Old 03-02-2004, 05:56 AM   #4
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they are pricy, and they curently are a 7+ month wait. last i heard im within 1-2 wks of getting mine, i hope. 8)
 
Old 03-03-2004, 05:53 PM   #5
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They sure are keen looking on a well-built pistol, but I'll be
damned if I can figure why I need one(though I'm sure I do..)
 
Old 07-13-2004, 09:21 PM   #6
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delaminating?

I've read that old English shotguns done in Damascus steel can "delaminate" and come apart. Can this happen to 1911 slides as well?
 
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After several hundred years Japanese blades may delaminate

The common saying is that after several hundred years the user may feel entitled to show a little age himself.

For no particular reason I do trust the Caspian to last my lifetime at least regardless of loads. I don't shoot smokeless in Damascus shotgun barrels though -
 
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Many, many dusty, gravelroad miles difference between Japanese blades, damascus gun barrels and Caspian slides. I don't know how Caspian slides are fused together, I do know how to forge weld gun barrels, how they were done years back, and how Japanese blades were made.

I once told Gary Smith, the slides shouldn't be called damascus. Ones I've examined personally are layers of 2 different steels, fused together, not folded. One weld. I've done something similar by explosive weldin'. Could be done in a rollin' mill.

I wouldn't use one unless I had it exrayed by a hand qualified in pipeline and boiler tube weldment xray.

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:43 PM   #10
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mr caldwell, id like to further pick your brain on the subject of these damascus slides. holding my damascus slide in my hand after many months of waiting i can see that they definately are not produced like normal damascus, they appear to be rolled instead of folded end over end. now the question of strength, i intend to use mine with max power 10mm loads for hunting, and wonder if you or any other smith that has used these would have any reservations about putting alot of hot rounds through one of these slides? im also pretty certain that the majority of these damascus slides end up as show pieces and arent given alot of hard use, but i havent heard of one delaminating yet- maybe someone else has heard of this happening?

also since im on the subject of hot 10mm's. if caspian ever gets off their butt and makes my frame, is it adviseable to mill out the section above the slidestop notch like the colt delta's, or is this something not worth worrying about?
 
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