So...What exactly is Damascus?
Damascus steel is an ancient blacksmithing art-form named after the capitol of Syria, where the art is believed to originate. Creating Damascus is a process where different steel alloys are combined to create a layered steel. These layers are what you have to thank for the beautiful wavy or tear drop patterns on your Folded Steel knives. However, Damascus isn't just a pretty face. The combination of different steels allows for a super tough blade that holds an edge extremely well while retaining flexibility and durability.
A Damascus pattern can be achieved with many different alloys. At Folded Steel we use a combo of 1095 & 4340 steel to make a ladder pattern Damascus. The steel billets are alternated, stacked, coated in flux then put in a forge to be heated to almost 2000º. While maintaining heat the billets are hammered together creating a very strong forge weld. The Billet starts off with only a couple layers, but as it is hammered out it gets folded over itself again and again and creates the 150+ beautiful flowing layers you see in every Folded Steel blade, and thats quite literally what it is, "folded steel"! After being forge welded and hammered into shape it is reheated and dunked into a tank of oil. This is called "quenching" and this is the process that hardens the steel and allows it to hold a nice razor sharp edge.
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