Definition of Damascus steel in English:

Damascus steel

noun

mass nounhistorical
  • Steel given a wavy pattern by hammer-welding strips of steel and iron followed by repeated heating and forging, used chiefly for knife and sword blades. Such items were often marketed in Damascus during the medieval period.

    • ‘Osborne's Model 31 dagger demonstrates the knifemaker's incredible for modernizing an age-old subject - in Damascus steel no doubt!’
    • ‘Forged from several types of steel including stainless, Damascus steel has been used to make superior knife blades for thousands of years.’
    • ‘On the uptown models you're more likely to find the 3.5-inch blade done up in exquisitely patterned Damascus steel, and the knifemaker offers a wide range of exotic handle materials such as fossil mammoth ivory and pearl.’
    • ‘The swords included some fantastic examples of Damascus steel, which I never understood how or why had become a ‘lost art’.’
    • ‘While many of his peers buy their Damascus steel from artisans, Kirk forges his own and shapes it to perfection.’

Pronunciation

Damascus steel

/dəˈmaskəs/