Q: What is Damascus Steel?
A: Damascus steel is type of steel that is both hard and flexible making it ideal for use in edged weapons. It was originally used for making fine quality swords starting around 900 A.D. As the name implies, it is thought to have originated near Damascus, Syria. Damascus swords were highly prized and were said to be able to cut through the sword blades of European Crusaders. Damascus steel is forged from two disimilar alloys of steel. The disimilar steels are heat forged into a billet which can then be used to make high quality knives, swords or jewelry. A large number of beautiful patterns can be made by folding, twisting and maniplating the steel Damascus billet. When etched with an acidic solution the dissimilar steels produce exceptionally beautiful alternating light and dark patterns characteristic of Damascus steel.
Q: What is Stainless Damascus Steel?
A: Stainless Damascus is forged from two different alloys of Stainless steel, producing an extremely durable steel posessing a variety of beautiful patterns. Because it is made from Stainless steel alloys, stainless Damascus is low maintenance making it ideal for use in jewelry.
WARNING: We would like take this opportunity to remind people that Damascus jewelry contains iron which is naturally attracted to magnets. To prevent having your jewelry pulled or yanked by a strong magnet avoid strong magnetic fields while wearing meteorite jewelry or Damascus steel jewelry (e.g. MRI machines, powerful electro-magnets, rare-earth magnets, etc.)
Photo of a beautiful, hand-made Damascus Bowie knife
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