Damascus Steel

Damascus Steel was a term used by several Western cultures from the Medieval period onward to describe a type of steel used in Middle Eastern sword making from about 1100 to 1700 AD. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be not only tough and resistant to shattering, but capable of being honed to a sharp and resilient edge.

The original method of producing Damascus steel is not known. Due to differences in raw materials and manufacturing techniques, modern attempts to duplicate the metal have failed. Today, the term is conventionally used to describe steel that mimics the appearance and performance of Damascus steel.

The contour line look of the blade is highlighted by dipping the blade into an acid that etches one of the metals used in construction. Some of the Damascus blades I use are made from salvaged steel cables and result in a pattern of small circles.

Japanese sword makers would fold their blades up to 16 times which would create a blade with 65,536 layers. Most of my blades have been folded 8 times for 256 layers. Some are random patterns while others are folded to create a special repeating pattern

Each piece is unique. You will need to contact us to find out what is available at this time.

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