What is a Damascus Forged Chef Knife?
Chef Knife, or
Damascus steel used to
be forged in the middle east between 1100
The steel - originally called
Wootz steel thought to be originated
in Sri Lanka and India in the
3rd century, and then discovered to be
originated in China before
the new era, about 300BC, was exported
as ingots to the middle east
and formed into blades and swords.
The Damascus Steel Swords were
known to be tougher and
sharper than European steel swords and would
cut through the
European metal swords in battle.
The technique used to create
Damascus Steel was lost in the
17th century and the exact recipe of the iron ingots used to forge
historical knives is unknown.
Today the term Damascus is used
for blades with a visible grain
pattern. It is a blade formed of
Steel and Iron (and other elements as
Chromium and Vanadium and so
on...), forged and folded and the steel
is grinded and polished
specifically to expose the layers of Iron in
the steel blade.