With pattern-welded steels, one has to distinguish between layered and twisted patterns. Most layered patterns start out as more or less parallel layers. By forging from hand or only slightly and iregularly deforming the layers, a random pattern is generated. In contrast to the controlled pattern, the surface does not show any pattern repetitions.
Random patterns are typically created from steels of a few dozen to several hundred layers. By forging from hand the patterns are normally wilder than when machine-forged.
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