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Custom "HYBRID" Damascus Ring

from 500.00
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Custom "HYBRID" Damascus Ring

from 500.00

This is for a custom, made in the USA (By me!), Hand forged Damascus steel ring made of the revolutionary and still somewhat experimental "HYBRID" material. 
What is "HYBRID"? 
HYBRID is 100ish layers of austenitic stainless steel and high carbon tool steel meticulously forge welded together into a billet of material that defies what many of the text books on forge welding say is even possible! The process of creating a solid block out of these two extremely dissimilar materials is very very challenging and pretty "hit or miss" but hey, we've made it work! The results are a ring with SHOCKING contrast and pretty good durability and corrosion resistance benefiting from the properties of each of the constituent materials. 

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This is for a custom, made in the USA (By me!), Hand forged Damascus steel ring made of the revolutionary and still somewhat experimental "HYBRID" material. 
What is "HYBRID"? 
HYBRID is 100ish layers of austenitic stainless steel and high carbon tool steel meticulously forge welded together into a billet of material that defies what many of the text books on forge welding say is even possible! The process of creating a solid block out of these two extremely dissimilar materials is very very challenging and pretty "hit or miss" but hey, we've made it work! The results are a ring with SHOCKING contrast and pretty good durability and corrosion resistance benefiting from the properties of each of the constituent materials. 


It takes a team of people days to go from a stack of steel to this finished ring, and it is beautiful! I cannot stress highly enough just how astonishingly difficult this particular material is to work with, often taking 3-4 times as long to produce a finished ring as it's carbon/carbon damascus counterpart. It requires extremely large hammers (16lbs) and eats up every tool that tries to touch it, but the end result is absolutely awesome! 
All done by hand, forged from a single block of steel, this ring contains no seams. It's not made on a CNC lathe, wire EDM or automated like most damascus rings, this one's built with hammers, an impractically small manual lathe, and ingenuity.
A large block of damascus (which we made!) is cut down to a ring blank, and a small hole drilled into the center of that. A custom made tapered rod of tool steel is then driven through the hole over several heating cycles to spread the ring to size, giving the desired deformation and continuity in the pattern of the ring. Once forged to size, it's chiseled and hammered to shape, lathed to perfection,  then hand sanded to a finished product. A liner of sterling silver is then meticulously built to fit precisely inside the damascus ring and hammered into place. The whole product is then acid etched to eat away at one material while leaving the other, before being sanded up to 1500gritt and polished by hand! These rings are then hardened and tempered, producing a product with astonishing strength and resilience.

 This ring is built with passion, by men with facial hair dressed in flannel. It's made using hammers, fueled by red meat and classic rock music, and the result is a truly beautiful piece of jewelry! Like my item but it's not the right size or style for you?
Check out my other listings or contact me about a custom ring for your finger.

If you order a HYBRID ring it will take 2-3 weeks to produce, during which time you will receive photos of every step of the process including descriptions, perhaps a short video showing the production of YOUR ring, and a consultation on how to make an amazing ring that is perfect for you! HYBRID is tricky stuff and it's peak season, expect 3-5 weeks for delivery though we will be in touch throughout the process. 
If you live in PA or wish to travel through, you can even be involved in the production process and MAKE YOUR OWN RING! Swing a hammer to help build your own ring! http://www.thebarefootforge.com/make-your-own-ring/

Here's a great video showcasing the hard work and meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each ring. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHCfD4mWkDc


We want you to be extremely happy with your ring and appreciate you supporting a small, US business.