noun[mass noun] historical
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.
- 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.
- While many of his peers buy their Damascus steel from artisans, Kirk forges his own and shapes it to perfection.
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