Aut cum scuto aut in scuto
Is that 'blueing?" or an imprint in the casting?
I believe it's Jesse James that did it, and I'd guess it's damascus steel.
More info: http://www.jjfu.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_50
The 1911 appeals to me because of its sturdy, utilitarian design. I find further embellishments unnecessary. But I can appreciate the effort required for a build like this.Damascus steel has been used for centuries in firearms and edged weapons. (Consider a katana for instance.) Properly forged and heat treated, it should prove serviceable in this application. Better than a commercial forging? Hard to say, but that's not really the point of this pistol. It is clearly intended as a work art. More here:https://www.google.com/search?q=damascus+steel+1911&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXoKW4xdTcAhXuHDQIHdS4BmQQ_AUICygC&biw=1088&bih=479&dpr=1.25And here:http://www.thetruthaboutknives.com/2013/04/ask-a-knifemaker-the-truth-about-damascus/=TW=
Wonder if it would cause stress cracks and fatiguing?
Sorry. I think it's ugly.