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How Damascus Steel Is Made

By October 16, 2013

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Damascus steel sword. (Anne Helmenstine)Have you seen a Damascus steel blade? The steel bears a pattern of light and dark watery or wavy lines. There are fake Damascus blades where a pattern is etched or painted onto the metal, but the pattern in Damascus steel goes all the way through the metal. The steel is famed not only for its appearance, but because it is keen-edged, strong, and flexible. This photo shows a modern Damascus steel sword, made in the 21st century using a different technique from the original Damascus steel blades made from 300 BC up to the 1700s. Do you know how Damascus steel is made... Learn more


November 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm
(1) majd says:

I’m from Damascus but I live live now in France because of the war in Syria
my grandfather keeps a Damascus sword dated to the seventh century
It refers to one of the ancient warriors of the citadel of Damascus

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