The remarkable characteristics of Damascus steel became known to Europe when the Crusaders reached the Middle East, beginning in the 11th century. They discovered that swords of this metal could split a feather in midair, yet retain their edge through many a battle with the Saracens. The swords were easily recognized by a characteristic watery or ''damask'' pattern on their blades.
Through the ages - perhaps from the time of Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C. -the armorers who made swords, shields, and armor from such steel were rigidly secretive regarding their method.The secrets of Damascus steel were shared by armorers in many parts of the ancient world, notably in Persia, where some of the finest specimens were produced. It was in the quenching that many believed it acquired magical properties-- legend has it that the best blades were quenched in ''dragon blood.''
The process of choosing steel for a Damascus blade is important. Many makers choose 2-5 alloys that play nicely together and make a beautiful pattern. Once the knife is forged or ground to shape, the waves of steel alloy will meet at the edge and you can change the cutting performance of the blade by tweaking the alloy and its heat treat process.
Owning and using a Damascus blade is about personal style and respect for the time and process of developing such a blade.
Straight Razor Crafted with Damascus Steel, Buffalo Horn, and Olive Wood
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~ Length: 10" Inches
~ Blade Material: Damascus Steel 15N20 & 1095 Hand-Forged
~ Blade Hardness: 58-60 HRC on Rockwell scale
~ Total Layers: 512 (8 folds German 1095HC / Swedish 15N20)
~ Handle Material: Horn & Wood