Where is my item, When can I expect it?
All shipments will have a delivery confirmation (USPS) or tracking (UPS) number provided the day of shipping to the e-mail you provide on checkout. Most shipments will arrive in three business days.
USPS delivery confirmation is not a true tracking number, but sometimes will show tracking. USPS Priority, 1st class can take three to five business days to the west coast, AK, HI, the far northeast and to remote areas.
UPS will take two to five full business days and does not move any on weekends. UPS tracking number will show item location most of the time. Most UPS home deliveries takes place late in the day or early evening.
Holidays can and do add up to three full business days in some cases for both the USPS and UPS.
Do you combine shipping charges?
Yes we do. on most items that have shipping charges . Some of the larger, heaver boxes will not have combined shipping all of the time. Best to contact us. New to eCRATER, still working out the best system. At this point its a mix of reworked invoices, custom invoices and refunds.
Where are your handmade items made?
My handmade knives and swords are made in the USA, Canada, Germany, England and Dubai. Sometimes I just don't know for sure.
Some of the handmade swords are made in Japan, China and Pakistan..
How do you care for damascus steel?
Never store knife in the sheath for more than a few days at a time. The leather can cause rust and or discoloring. I left one of my hunters in it's sheath for about 20 days in a air conditioned room and one side of the blade turned black.
Always clean and lightly oil after handling and use. Remove all finger prints. Wipe off heavy oil off of blade before placing in sheath as it can pick up grit and cause small scratches on the blade. Damascus steel loves to rust. I'd keep it in the wrapping it ships in. Keep the rust off and it will last two life times.
Cleaning Damascus should be done with caution. Any polishing using an abrasive can and will eliminate the damascus pattern that is visible. The damascus pattern that you see is formed by etching the blade with acid. Because the Damascus blade has a mixture of different steel materials, the acid attacks/etches them at different rates causing the visible pattern. If you polish the blade, the pattern will become less visible and could potentially vanish. Un-etched Damascus can look just like HC or stainless steel but can be re-etched.
Damascus is beautiful and tough. Can take a great long lasting edge. With just a little care, you'll pass it to your grandchildren on day.