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What is Damascene Inlay?

The name of this inlay process refers to Damascus in Syria, a world-renowned center of metalwork in the Middle Ages. No solder is used.

The parent metal is prepared by carving channels or beds with engraving tools called gravers. Each area to be inlaid is undercut around the edges. The inlay metal must fit closely into these recesses, and it must be a little thicker than the beds are deep. Hammers and punches are then used to drive the inlay metal into the beds, forcing it to expand beneath the undercuts. This is what holds the inlay in place. The surface is filed smooth, and the inlays can then be decorated with further engraving if desired.

Damascus Inlay 

Spur Damascus

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