da·mas·cus steel | də-ˈma-skəs stēl
A steel ornamented with wavy, sometimes zebra-like patterns
Damascus steel is formed through a unique technique of folding and twisting metals. The resulting pattern resembles a wood-grain or zebra-like pattern. In true fashion, damascus steel is made in Damascus, and its name makes reference to steel traded or purchased from Damascus. Furthemore, damascus steel emulates the pattern in damask fabric - the steels were part of a major movement in the pre-industrial era, oftentimes transformed into weapon blades. However, be especially cautious when purchasing damascus steel as you may purchase a metal that has been surface treated, or scored, to generate a similar pattern to the native damascus steel. This is not true Damascus steel since its pattern will be worn away. From its origination, damascus steel has been valued because it possesses a razor-sharp edge, and into the bargain, is hard and flexible. Today, Damascus steel remains very adored for the primary fact that it’s indestructible and easy on the eyes.