When James Purdey began his apprenticeship in 1798, best London gunmakers forged Damascus barrels for flintlocks out of nails from old horseshoes. These were thought to have been toughened by the heavy wear they’d endured. They were heated up, hammered into strips, and then beaten around rods known as mandrels.
Purdey’s all-Damascus gun is a world-first. Yours will be hand-crafted in Hammersmith, using damascene steel alloy forged in Sweden from more than a hundred layers, which gives the distinctive Damascus pattern. With exceptional purity and strength, it lends itself to the rigours of proof and long service.
There is no need to engrave a Damascus gun, as each one is uniquely patterned. We simply name and number them, with either conventional lettering or gold inlay.
The all-damascus gun is available in side-by-side or over-and-under configuration.