Thursday, March 23, 2006

Damascus Knives

I appreciate handmade knives. The type I really like is called damascus. This is the wikipedia definition:

Damascus steel, also known as Damascened steel and sometimes water steel, now commonly refers to two types of steel used in custom knife and sword making, pattern-weld and wootz(true damascus). Both types of Damascened steel show complex patterns on the surface, which are the result of internal structural elements in the steel. These patterns are the result of the unique forging methods used for the creation of Damascened steel, and skilled swordsmith can manipulate the patterns to create complex designs in the surface of the steel.

Beautiful isn't it?

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