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Damascus Steel

Damascus steel was created from wootz steel, a steel developed in India around 300 BC. Steel is characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge.
 
Damascus can be homogeneous steel with the pattern hammered in (hammered steel) or layered (pattern welded) or any number of variations. The natural patterns are nice and the strength is said to superior to all others. Layered damascus, done correctly, can have what is called the Damascus cutting effect (DCE). It take good amount of work to beat of layers of steel one after aother to form a sharp edge shape converted into a blade. The best layered blades are made of high carbon steels of various alloy content. 
 
This section is exclusive for Damascus steel lovers just to appretiate the art of making good solid knives.

 

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