Damascus knives and blades are each one of a kind. This material can be used for all kinds of blades and it offers not only beautiful patterns, but also one of the highest material qualities. It is almost impossible to break, drill through or destroy. The forging process is really difficult to master and it takes a lot of time, care and attention. True masters of damascus forging are able to forge unique and different patterns and it takes ages for one to really become an expert in this field.
Damascus processes and techniques consist from forging and welding together two different metal materials. Billet usually consists of a lighter and darker material, which emphasizes blade patterns. Metallurgy and chemistry serve as a basis for the composition and a lot of applications are necessary for the steel production. When two different materials are welded into a Damascus billet they are stretched out and layered according to the pattern desires or owner needs. This is also the reason why the process of making Damascus steel takes a lot of precision and patience.
The reputation and history of Damascus steel has given rise to many legends, such as the ability to cut through a riffle barrel or cutting a hair falling across the blade. At one point, the process of making true damascus material was lost in the blacksmith trade. Nowadays there are just assumptions and guesses how it was originally made and this gives it additional charm and its mystery.