If I had the knife in question in my hands, I could probably tell you if it is Damascus or not by a simple test with some chemicals (ferric chloride). but I cannot tell by a photo. Personally I would not spend $50 on it but that's just me. If it has real sambar stag on the handle, that alone would cost close to 50 bucks now days. If it was made to duplicate a real bowie type knife, I don't think they ever made one with Damascus, or at least I've never seen one.