Meaning of Damascus steel in English:

Damascus steel

Pronunciation /dəˈmaskəs/


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.’
    • ‘The swords included some fantastic examples of Damascus steel, which I never understood how or why had become a ‘lost art’.’
    • ‘Osborne's Model 31 dagger demonstrates the knifemaker's incredible for modernizing an age-old subject - in Damascus steel no doubt!’