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54 minutes ago, Moe T Vator said:

What is Damascus Steel?

 

My simple layman's explanation:  Damascus steel has been heated, folded, hammered, and reheated, refolded, etc.  many many times so that it produces those distinctive lines.  If you consider an old  Damascus twist barrel, you see the same striations where the steel was hammer welded together.  It makes an excellent knife blade that is hard, yet a bit flexible, and holds a good edge.  Hope this helps.

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On 5/18/2022 at 3:38 PM, Shepherd Book said:

My simple layman's explanation:  Damascus steel has been heated, folded, hammered, and reheated, refolded, etc.  many many times so that it produces those distinctive lines.  If you consider an old  Damascus twist barrel, you see the same striations where the steel was hammer welded together.  It makes an excellent knife blade that is hard, yet a bit flexible, and holds a good edge.  Hope this helps.

very helpful! 
i was under the impression Damascus was the capitol of Syria and the knife was from that region. 

thanks! 

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Damascus steel was the forged steel of the blades of swords smithed in the Near East from ingots of Wootz steel[1]either imported from Southern India or made in production centres in Sri Lanka,[2] or KhorasanIran.[3] These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water, sometimes in a "ladder" or "rose" pattern. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering, and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge.[4]

 

Today any two steels layer and forged together and folded several times is called Damascus.

 

 

About Bill Moran 

Born May 1, 1925 on Gayfield Farm in Lime Kiln, Maryland, William F. Moran is credited with single handedly rediscovering the ancient art of forging Damascus Steel and introducing this art to the United States. He was one of the four founding members of the American Bladesmith Society and served as Chairman of the Board for 15 years. His magnificent knives have been displayed at countless museums including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

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