That’s a beautiful piece of damascus! Obviously, you’ll be following @ShaneBell’s example with plenty of coolant, proper bit and feed rates/DOC. I don’t remember if you’ve done the stiffening upgrade, but I’m sure that will definitely help with any side loads.
I’m very interested because I bought this, as is, and would love to have more creative options. I’m working on a way to digitize the blade profile in order to make the scales to fit.