|Manuel Quiroga making a special pattern in folded Damascus steel|
The distinctive patterns are a result of the forge welding and layering of the steel as it is continually compressed pushing out impurities. Damascus Steel was once considered a lost art in swordmaking but has been rekindled as of late and potentially very close to its original origins. Check out a few great links below to help with a plethora more info on all things metalurgy in knife making. The second link plumbs the depths to fully understand the science behind the metal for those of you enjoy drilling down into the periodic table.
How to create patterns in blade steel
In depth discussion on Damascus Steel and why impurities enhanced the steel
|Amazing pattern created within the folding and forge welding of the steel through a specific build process|