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Damascus steel, whether referring to the blades or the art form in which they are made, the steel is always discussed with a sense of mysticism and mythology.  The forging of Damascus steel is a process that has been handed down from generation to generation for centuries, where earliest origins of Damascus steel can be traced back to India and Sri Lanka between 300 and 100 BC, where it was referred to as Wootz steel.  The highly purified metal and unique process slowly made its way to the Middle East between 900 AD and 1000 AD where the method was refined and perfected.  Weaponry made from Damascus steel was most commonly produced in Damascus, Syria, which was one of the major international trading hubs at the time.  As the weapons were bought and sold throughout the rest of the empire, the term Damascus steel was born.

During the crusades when the French and English were introduced to Damascus steel swords, stories were told about the magical properties of the metal and how it had the ability to cut through a knight’s blades or rock without losing its sharpness.  Even though the Europeans tried to replicate the metal, the art form of forging the weapons was such a tightly held secret that they found themselves unsuccessful.   Eventually, because the secrecy was held so tightly the art form was lost to everyone around 1750 AD, never to be fully rediscovered.

True Damascus steel is known for its incredible beauty, formidable strength and the ability to hold a razor sharp edge.  This is why Venari Steel chose to have our blades hand-forged by individuals with the experience and blade making ancestry that has been handed down from generation to generation.   We take great pride in the premium blades we provide so that you can enjoy the beauty and art these knives will provide you for generations to come.