I often use Alabama Damascus steel in my custom knives. This steel is forged by Brad Vice and has proven to be a very good Damascus.
Alabama Damascus is typically 416 layers of 4 different types of steel including:
(4) layers 5160 spring steel
(3) layers203E low carbon high impact High nickel mild steel alloy
(3) layers 52100 ball bearing steel
(3) layers 15N20 band saw blade material
These 13 layers of 4 types of steel are forge welded and then folded 5 times to achieve 416 layers. The nickel content gives it a beautiful bright pattern that makes it a great looking Damascus.
I buy the Damascus in large billets as shown below and then cut it and grind to shape and then harden and temper it to make my knives. After grinding, the steel is acid etched to bring out the unique patterns of the many layers of steel.
Some of my knives made from Alabama Damascus