Damascus Knife with Sheep Horn Handle

$90.00

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It’s not entirely clear where the name came from, but there are a few theories:

  • It refers to steel made in Damascus, south-western Syria.
  • It refers to steel purchased or traded from Damascus.
  • It refers to the similarity the pattern in the steel has to damask fabric.

Although at some point in time this steel may have been made in Damascus and the pattern somewhat resembles the patterns seems in damask fabric, it goes without saying that Damascus steel became a popular trade item for this city.

Anyone who claims their knives are Damascus steel is not referring to the original method that was used to produce this steel as this technique and knowledge were lost in the 1700s.

The original method for making this steel was cast from wootz, a type of steel originally made in India over 2000 years ago. Weapons and other items made from wootz gained popularity in the 3rd to 4th century in the city of Damascus, now known as modern Syria.

Although people have gone to great lengths to reverse engineer the process to replicate Damascus steel, no one has been successful to cast a similar material.

Melting iron and steel together with charcoal under conditions with little to no oxygen produced cast wootz steel. The metal then absorbed carbon from the charcoal, and slow cooling of the alloy resulted in a crystalline material containing carbide.

Forging wootz into swords and other weapons lead to the creation of Damascus steel. This process was exclusive only to the elite, as it required considerable skill to maintain constant temperatures to produce steel with the infamous characteristic wavy pattern trademark

A key element in the process, many makers choose between 2-5 alloys that work together nicely and make for a beautiful pattern. Once the knife is forged and ground to shape, the waves of steel allow meet at the edge and you can alter the blade’s performance by tweaking the alloy and its heat treat process.

Truly a one of a kind item!!  No two of these knives will be the same

Handle Material: Original Sheep Horn

Blade Material: Damascus steel

Overall Length: 8" inch
Handle Length: 3.5" inch

Blade Length: 4.5" inch

Layers: 512

Sheath: Leather

Hardness: 55-58 HRC

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It’s not entirely clear where the name came from, but there are a few theories:

  • It refers to steel made in Damascus, south-western Syria.
  • It refers to steel purchased or traded from Damascus.
  • It refers to the similarity the pattern in the steel has to damask fabric.

Although at some point in time this steel may have been made in Damascus and the pattern somewhat resembles the patterns seems in damask fabric, it goes without saying that Damascus steel became a popular trade item for this city.

Anyone who claims their knives are Damascus steel is not referring to the original method that was used to produce this steel as this technique and knowledge were lost in the 1700s.

The original method for making this steel was cast from wootz, a type of steel originally made in India over 2000 years ago. Weapons and other items made from wootz gained popularity in the 3rd to 4th century in the city of Damascus, now known as modern Syria.

Although people have gone to great lengths to reverse engineer the process to replicate Damascus steel, no one has been successful to cast a similar material.

Melting iron and steel together with charcoal under conditions with little to no oxygen produced cast wootz steel. The metal then absorbed carbon from the charcoal, and slow cooling of the alloy resulted in a crystalline material containing carbide.

Forging wootz into swords and other weapons lead to the creation of Damascus steel. This process was exclusive only to the elite, as it required considerable skill to maintain constant temperatures to produce steel with the infamous characteristic wavy pattern trademark

A key element in the process, many makers choose between 2-5 alloys that work together nicely and make for a beautiful pattern. Once the knife is forged and ground to shape, the waves of steel allow meet at the edge and you can alter the blade’s performance by tweaking the alloy and its heat treat process.

Truly a one of a kind item!!  No two of these knives will be the same

Handle Material: Original Sheep Horn

Blade Material: Damascus steel

Overall Length: 8" inch
Handle Length: 3.5" inch

Blade Length: 4.5" inch

Layers: 512

Sheath: Leather

Hardness: 55-58 HRC

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Damascus Knife with Sheep Horn Handle

$90.00