Damascus queswtion

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  1. Zornt

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    I remember reading many, many, many years ago that damascus steel knives cut better because the different layers were like saw teeth and just mowed through stuff.
    I think that this meant that there was a bit of seperation between the layers and each layer became an edge.
    I think this goes against the whole idea of a forge weld making a solid billet.
    Anyone ever hear of this or have some input?
    Thanks
    Jon
     
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    A complete myth :) Often there is no discernible texture at all to the pattern welding, and even if there is, it tends to just create a bit of friction with whatever is being cut. So it wouldn't make the blade cut better, at least not in that sense.
     
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    I agree when making Damascus you do not want any seperation of layers or it will delaminate over time which is not good.
     
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    Yes that is one of the many myths about Damascus.
     
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