Ivory and Damascus Pocket Knife The blade and bolsters are made of Norris Raindrop Damascus. Damascus steel was a type of steel used in Indian and Middle Eastern sword-making, originally based on wootz steel, a steel developed in South India before the Common Era. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough (Wikipedia) The beauty and serendipity of Damascus seem to be endless. The scales are elephant ivory one of my favorite materials to work with. Ivory has been valued since ancient times for making a range of items of which knife making is one of them. The thumb stud has buffalo horn inlay. The blade has Roman Knot file work on and is honed to a sharp resilient edge. Please click on knife to enlarge.