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Damascus Steel Blades


'Original' Damascus steel was imported from India to Damascus, where bladesmiths forged them into swords and other weapons. But for various reasons the technique was lost in the 1750’s. 

In 1973 Bill Moran, a master bladesmith, unveiled his “Damascus Steel” at a Knifemakers Guild Show. Several types of steel and iron slices are welded together to form a billet, which is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed. This new “Damascus” Billet is then forged into a knife blank or a blade blank. 

LaClaire’s Cutlery Shoppe provides custom knives made in the USA using Damascus steel.

​​​​About LaClaire's


LaClaire's Cutlery is a family-owned small business. We hand-make our beautiful knives in the USA from designs created by the father and son team of Perry and Ryan LaClaire. 

We started our cutlery shop selling a German Cutlery line of kitchen knives. And as we continued our sales growth over the years, we noticed a demand for folding and hunting knives. But not wanting to compete with the big box stores, we started researching. 

We found some fantastic blade smiths, started a partnership with them, and began using their knife designs as blanks, adding handle material from various sources..

Handle Materials


You can customize the handle of your Damascus Knives with a large selection of wood, bone, horn, or synthetic materials, ranging from Cholla Cactus, to Quilted Maple and Bone. 

Over time we have built up many good resources for our handle materials. So we are able to offer more choices and still keep the prices reasonable. 

One of our synthetic handle materials is called “Fleurinite”, a type of resin that we make in-house. When it gets wet it become somewhat 'sticky', creating a non-slip grip. Over the years we have developed many different patterns and color combinations for you to choose from.

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