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All About Damascus Steel
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All About Damascus Steel
9/25/2021
Is it the first time you’re reading the word DAMASCUS?
The Name
Is it the first time you’re reading the word DAMASCUS? Well, Damascus is has an interesting meaning. The part “Damas” somewhat means water in Arabic. We can see that the Damascus pattern is also just like the waves of water. The ripple effect on the blade makes Damascus knives a highlight in every kitchen they exist. Some other names for Damascus in different languages are the following.
 
– Wootz (Indian) 
 
– Pulad (Persian) 
 
– Fulad (Arabic) 
 
– Bintie (Chinese)  
 
From where it all started… 
Damascus is famous for sure! There’s even land in Syria called Damascus, from where it all started. That’s the first place to manufacture the Damascus blades. 
 
 
They used imported bars Southern India of wootz steelThen the Arabs first introduced wootz steel from Southern India to Damascus, where the industry thrived. Yep! You can say it was teamwork between Syrians (manufacturing), Indians (suppling), and Arabs (marketing). 
 

 
Types  
 
There are multiple manufacturing techniques for Damascus. Each Damascus artisan produces eye-catching works of art! The patterns include,
 
– Ladder  
 
  
 
– Rose  
 
 
– Pattern-Welded   
 
Forgetting it all  
 
The secret of how to forge Damascus steel blades was a sacred techniqueThe forgers kept it a secret. However, it got lost sometime in the 18th century. Some reasons for this unfortunate turn of events are the following.  
 
 The required raw materials are no lo ger available.  
 
– Craftsmen didn’t learn the secret tecnique.  
 
– Very few Damascus artisans made manufacturing expensive.  
 
– People didn’t know the composites of original Damascus steel.  
 
 
Today, the people who know the traditional technique are very less. Only the people who passed the craftsmanship through generations know the Damascus technique.
Why choose Damascus? 
 
Damascus blades are reputed to be  
 
– Tough 
 
– Hardy to break 
 
– Sharper for a long time  
 
 
The Damascus has amazing elements that make it quality steel. Then craftsmen melt the material at a high temperature and then layer with the hammer. This hand-forged technique creates strong layers of Damascus steel. Therefore, the layers give a watery design. Besides being beautiful, Damascus steel is of high value because it maintains a keen edge, is rigid and flexible.
 
Damascus is the best choice for kitchen knives. Its combination creates micro-serrations that keep the blade super sharp. Moreover, the blade stays sharp for a long time. 
 
However, make sure you order the Damascus knife made by qualified craftsmen who acknowledge the technique and material. Both of these details are important for an excellent long-lasting knife.  
 
Difference between Damascus and Stainless Steel 
 
The sharpness and durability of Damascus and stainless steel don’t have much difference. However, some things do make the two sheets of steel different.  
 
Let’s take a look at stainless steel. It’s is not just one type of material. It’s a family of different steel types that’s unaffected by rust. Heat, water, and acidic compounds can cause rust. That’s because the steel is resistant to corrosion. It contains at least 10.5% chromium.  
Just like stainless steel, Damascus also doesn’t have a single steel material. Craftsmen’s use of different materials and each element helps make it a quality product and durable. They layer and forge multiple layers of steel to produce Damascus steel. It creates a remarkable swirling pattern.
 
– Carbon for extra strength, sharpness,and edge retention.
 
– Nickel gives a silver color and enhances corrosion resistance
 
– Manganese for the structure of the grain.
 
– Chromium improves tensile strength and hardness.
Another difference between Damascus and stainless steel is the appearance. Damascus steel has swirl and wavy patterns. Stainless steel has a plain shiny surface.
Damascus Steel
  • High Carbon
  • Wavy Pattern
  • Extra-hardness
Stainless Steel
  • Chromium
  • Plain Surface
  • Rust-free

Damascus has the most unique features. It’s, for sure, an amazing technique that has great history.

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We are fifth generation blacksmiths who have been forging and creating knives from Damascus and stainless steel for well over 100 years now. Hammer and heat are the two best friends we have.
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