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Damascus steel is a well-known type of steel that is identified by water-like or wavy light and dark patterns. In addition to aesthetics, Damascus steel is also valued because it maintains sharp edges while being hard and flexible. Weapons made of Damascus steel are far superior to weapons made of iron! Although modern high-carbon steel manufactured using the 19th century Bessemer process surpassed the quality of Damascus steel, the original metal was still an excellent material, especially at the time. There are two types of Damascus steel: cast Damascus steel and pattern welded Damascus steel.

 

Key points: Damascus Steel

 

  •  Damascus steel is the name of a steel Islamic craftsman from 750 to 945 AD.
  • This kind of steel has a wave pattern, so it is also called Persian watering steel.
  • Damascus steel is beautiful, sharp, and tough. It was superior to other alloys used for swords at the time.
  • Modern Damascus steel is different from the original metal. Although it can be manufactured using the same technology, the original Damascus steel used a metal called Uzi steel.
  • Woods steel does not exist today, but modern blades are made of high-carbon steel and are forged with pattern welding similar to Damascus steel.

 

 

The origin of the name of Damascus Steel Company


It is not clear why Damascus steel is called Damascus steel. The reasonable origins of the three prevalences are:


.It refers to steel made in Damascus.


.It refers to steel purchased or traded from Damascus.


. It refers to the similarity between the pattern in the steel and the brocade fabric.


Although the steel may have been made in Damascus at some point, and the pattern is indeed a bit like brocade, Damascus steel has indeed become a popular trade item in the city.

Cast Damascus Steel


No one has copied the original manufacturing method of Damascus steel, because it is cast from Uzi steel, a steel that was originally made in India more than two thousand years ago. India began to produce woods long before the birth of Christ, but weapons and other items made of woods really became popular in the 3rd and 4th centuries as trade goods sold in the city of Damascus (that is, modern Syria). The technology of making woods was lost in the 1700s, so the raw material of Damascus steel was also lost. Despite extensive research and reverse engineering attempts to replicate cast Damascus steel, no one succeeded in casting a similar material.


Casting Uzi steel is made by melting iron and steel together with charcoal in a reducing (almost no oxygen) atmosphere. Under these conditions, metals absorb carbon from charcoal. The slow cooling of the alloy results in a crystalline material containing carbides. Damascus steel is made by forging Uzi alloy into swords and other objects. Maintaining a constant temperature to produce steel with characteristic wave patterns requires considerable skill.

Pattern-Welded Damascus Steel


If you buy modern "Damascus" steel, you may get a metal that has only been etched (surface treatment) to create a light/dark pattern. This is not real Damascus steel because the pattern can wear out.


Knives and other modern objects made of pattern-welded Damascus steel have watery patterns throughout the metal and have many of the same characteristics as the original Damascus metal. Pattern welded steel is made by layering iron and steel and forging the metals together by hammering at high temperature to form a welded joint. Flux seals the joints to prevent oxygen from entering. Forging and welding multiple layers will produce the water-like effect characteristics of this type of Damascus steel, although other modes are also possible.


However, pattern welding is not the secret of Damascus steel. The Celts used pattern welding blades in the 6th century BC. So the Vikings of the 11th century and the warriors of the 13th century. Pattern welding only provides a wavy appearance consistent with Damascus steel. The composition of the steel and the way the layers are forged are very important.


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