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Damascus steel what is the big deal about?
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Damascus Steel

Classic steel pattern of a Damascus steel

Damascus steel what is the big deal?

Yeah, what is the deal here, huh? Why pay trough the nose for it? Is it the sharpest? Is it the one that stays sharp the longest? Does it glow in the dark and cast a spell on your mother in law? Whattttttttttt?



Dont get me wrong, a steel produced via Damascus system, meaning heating, hammering, forging, folding in layers and again heating, forging and so forth, like a gazillion times, produces a very good steel, yes sir, but expensive like hell. Using it in knives is a bit like using a Ferrari to run errands. But it is a legendary thing when it comes to swords.

Who needs it?

You see the Turks, Arabs, Mahometans and a bunch of other guys all over the Mediterranean paradise encountered, from time to time, some gentlemen from Western Europe that came with the purpose of performing a second circumcision or such on them, and those gents wore armors. A hard sword, although being very sharp, might break on an armor, it need to be a bit elastic, pliant, supple if you will; but if you add things to make it less breakable, the steel does not keep its edge sharp as it does when there are no pliant additive in it, just carbon.
The legend has it that swords with Damascus steel stay sharp and supple at the same time, something like a sober, muscled ballerina.

Do you need it in your automatic knife?

Your expensive autoatic knife need a steel that can be sharpen to razor sharpness and stays so after reasonable usage and hardship. Does it need to be pliant, supple and so forth? Not really. But it is a free country and knives collectors are basically a bit nuts, if anybody asks me. You can have a hell of a steel like the cm54, not cheap but far from what the Damascus costs and as good. Ok, it kind of cool the pattern of that Damascus thingy, I give you that.

Cheap Damascus steel

Oh yes, I almost forgot, there are steels that look like Damascus but are not. Rule of thumb, if it is from Pakistan then stay away from it, not to mention that most of Pakistani knives manufacturers did not quite not get what the word finish means.

Ok, I am done bitching.
Have a good one you all.

Henrik


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