Damascus Steel Utility Knife with Bone/Wood Handle and Leather Sheath
The terms Damascus steel, damascene or pattern welded designate a compound steel forged out of two or more different types of steel. It is named after its birthplace, the Syrian city of Damascus, a former stronghold of the patterned steel production.
As a common practice, a harder high carbon steel and a milder low carbon steel are repeatedly forge welded and folded together. The high carbon steel ensures a higher hardness, a better temperability and longer lasting edge retention, whereas the milder steel confers greater blade flexibility and tensile strength. This procedure, which arose in a time where steel qualities were often low and inconsistent, enables to combine the positive attributes of the various steel grades.
Besides, the different shadings generated by the varying carbon content of the alternating layers engender strikingly beautiful patterns, such as the twisted motif called Torsion Damascus , pattern or the Rose Damascuspattern. Undoubtedly, these unusual patterns partly explain why inherent magical properties were attributed to the Damascus steel blades of the Middle Ages. Such a damascene sword blade is for example depicted as a bloody worm or a poisonous snake in the Edda
- Blade material: Damascus steel (twist pattern)
- Overall length: approx. 24.5cm
- Blade length: approx. 11cm
- Handle: approx. 13.5cm, bone and rosewood, brass collar ring and butt plate (incl. integrated lanyard hole)
- Weight: approx. 200 g
- Incl. leather lanyard and brown leather sheath with belt loop
As bone and wood are natural products, each knife has its own very unique handle! Variations in bone and wood colour and grain are quite common, and above pictures are thus for reference only.
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