One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘While many of his peers buy their Damascus steel from artisans, Kirk forges his own and shapes it to perfection.’
- ‘The swords included some fantastic examples of Damascus steel, which I never understood how or why had become a ‘lost art’.’
- ‘Forged from several types of steel including stainless, Damascus steel has been used to make superior knife blades for thousands of years.’
- ‘Osborne's Model 31 dagger demonstrates the knifemaker's incredible for modernizing an age-old subject - in Damascus steel no doubt!’
- ‘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.’
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