Does anyone know of a cheap Damascus steel pocket knife? Would like to to be less than 30-40$ preferably. I don’t even know if they exist.

Check out Boker knives, they have quite a range of modestly priced knives with folded steel blades.

Sorry then and thank you for the link

Thank you! Yes you are right: free shipping is only for France, no other countries. :+1:
Probably I will buy a coupple of knife from them, stay tuned!

No problem, thank you for the suggestion :slight_smile:

Can you guys recommend a knife for carving poplar?

Maybe not that much budget, but here’s my review of the HX outdoor ZD005:

Comments are welcome. :wink:

Poplar is a wonderful carving wood and I’d probably go for a Mora wood carving knife maybe like this:

Check out the different blades shapes and sizes with a scandi grind at Ragweed Forge

I took a very small Mora blade blank and crafted a handle for it. I use it mostly as a marking knife for woodworking but it is superb for carving when I need it.

Not a bad little knife from Amazon for £13, Lifetime Guarantee, Will Not Rust, Yeah Right.


I’ve finished my review about the Spyderco C192 PITS copy.
After the Positron this is another excellent deal from the budget category:

Have a look on Aliexpress.
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SpydieChef clone

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Maybe also the Enlan EL01D or EL02D, currently at Gearbest for 37.22 respectively 26.75 $$, are worth to take a look at.

It’s not damascus STEEL, it’s only an acid etching pattern, a decoration.

Do you have one?
According to at least one review of the Des Horn, it’s real Damascus.
I don’t have one so can’t say for sure but I am believe that it’s doable in China in the $40 price range, so I would think it is folded steel.

At the same time, the Enlan EL01 as suggested above by Mac is also a good alternative.
If you look the reviews on Fasttech, there is a review by 8steve88 that confirms it is folded steel.
8steve88 is very well regarded both on the fasttech and on this forum so I believe him.
That shows again that damascus can be had below $40.

I didn’t even realize that’s what I was cutting last weekend because I was cutting burned trees, but I realized it was something special by how smoothly it would saw. Unfortunately I took too long to order, so I’ll have to see about getting one for the following weekend.

I’ll try that. I saw a couple of reviews on youtube stating that they are acid etched. That’s why it’s hard.

No, I don’t have one and was too suspicious but like you, I should have say that I couldn’t say for sure. Hard to tell from the pictures. 2 pictures seems to suggest that there is a core blade, then it’s probably a “damascus” done like spyderco is doing it, a decorative damascus on both side of a core blade.

Oh, I was hoping you had one and could confirm.
I see now what you mean about the core.
Heck, hard to say just from the pictures.
The Enlans might be though, based some comments that I have seen on some forums.
Also if you look at the pics of the EL01 and EL02, the spine seems to show folded steel. Again, hard to say for sure without having handled one personally.
Plus, it’s not like I am a damascus expert :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

San Mai blades (3-layer blades with a hard center and softer outer layers) are sometimes constructed with layered “damascus” patterns on the outer softer layers. I’ve got a Seki Cut folder and a kitchen knife made like this and they’re quite pretty.

Here’s a pic of the Seki Cut knife like the one I own:

This is the best Damascus i have seen, Made out of wire cable.


Just received the stonewashed black version of this today. It’s a fantastic knife, especially considering the price.