This was an experiment in making high layer-count 1095/wrought iron. I started with a 4 pieces of wrought iron and 6 pieces of 1095, then welded them and squashed them down into a bar, cut, ground, welded, squashed, cut, ground until it was about 60 layers. Then I ground and welded that to a piece of 1095 to make the cutting edge.
The hand-hold is deliberately rough to make it easier to grip. The metal is not etched; it’s just how the 1095/wrought comes out when you get high layer on it.
This was a very satisfying project and the end user is very happy with it.