METEORITE DAMASCUS


Last Updated 4/15/2010
Contact Michael Miller at : mike@mmilleroriginals.com

Early summer of 2008,  I met a man who finds meteorites .... for a living.  He also cuts, polishes and acid etches meteorites.  A strange coincidence - his name is Mike Miller, same as my name, and he lives in Kingman, AZ , same as me.  
I've had an interest in meteorites since I was a kid and from the beginning of my knife-making career I've wanted to incorporate meteoric iron into some damascus for a knife blade.  This was the perfect opportunity.
Well, we came to an agreement and Mike provided me with some meteorite materials to do just that - make meteorite damascus.  
Mike has the distinction of being one of the few people on earth who have found pieces of the very rare "Glorieta Mountain" meteorite in New Mexico.  Some of the materials that he provided me with are from this rare meteorite.
Below are some examples of meteorite damascus knives I've completed over the past several months.  Most are made with "Glorieta".  
All of these blades are of "san-mai" construction.  That means that a "core" of high carbon steel is sandwiched between two bars of the meteorite damascus, so that the high carbon "core" forms the cutting edge.  This ensures that the cutting edge will heat treat and harden to "knife edge" quality, even if the sides (meteorite materials), do not.  These are all fully functional knives, not just display pieces.
All of my production of "Glorieta" damascus will be sold through Mike's website.  Use this link to get there: http://www.meteoritefinder.com.

I will occasionally have meteorite damascus made with other meteorite materials available here on my website, on the "available knives" page.



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Blade:  Glorieta meteorite / 1084 high carbon steel
Guard:  Seymchan meteorite
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Blade:  Glorieta and 1080
Guard:  Muonionalusta
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Blade and guard of damascus with Gibeon, Henbury and Chinga meteorites, and 1084
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Blade:  Glorieta Meteorite / 1080
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Blade:  Glorieta Meteorite / 1084


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Blade Glorieta  / 1080
Bolsters:  Seymchan meteorite
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Blade:  Glorieta Meteorite / 1084
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Blade:  Glorieta Meteorite / 1084
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Blade:  Materials from Gibeon, Chinga and Henbury meteorites / 1080 and 1095
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Blade:  Glorieta Meteorite / 1084

Below are listed some of the meteorite materials that I have used in blades, along with their chemical compositions.  Percentages of elements listed are only approximations.

Glorieta Mountain Meteorite
(Stony-Iron, Pallasite)

Location:  Canoncito, Santa Fe County New Mexico
Time of Fall:  ?
Discovered:  1884
Composition:            Fe - 87.05%
 Ni - 12.04%
 Co - 0.54%
 P - 0.37%
 Cr - 6.4 ppm
 Cu - 248 ppm
 Ga - 14.2 ppm
 Ge - 10.9 ppm
 Ir - 0.014 ppm
Gibeon Meteorite

Location:  Great Namaqualand, Namibia, Africa
Time of fall:  Prehistoric
Discovered:  1838
Composition:            Fe - 91.8%
 Ni - 7.7%
 Co - 0.5%
   P - 0.04%
 Ir - 2.4 ppm
 Ga - 1.97 ppm
 Ge - 0.111 ppm




Henbury Meteorite

Location:  Northern Territory of Austrailia
Time of Fall:  Approx. 4,000 years ago
Discovered:  1899
Composition:   Fe - 91.95%
 N - 7.51%
 Co - 0.45%
 P - 0.09%
 Ga - 18 ppm
 Ge - 34 ppm
 Ir - 13 ppm
Chinga Meteorite (Ataxite, Ni-rich)

Location:  Tanna Tuva, Turvinskaya, Russia
Time of Fall:  ?
Discovered: 1913
Composition:   Fe - 83.6%
 N - 16.38%
 Ga - 0.181 ppm
 Ge - 0.82 ppm
 Ir - 3.6 ppm

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