Brief Introduction to Damascus Steel EDC Knives

Damascus steel was a type of steel used for manufacturing sword blades in the Near East made with wootz steel. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. The reputation and history of Damascus steel have given rise to many legends, such as the ability to cut through a rifle barrel or to cut a hair falling across the blade.

The modern Damascus blades you can purchase today are not archaeological artifacts.  Damascus steel knives are sometimes referred to and marketed as pattern-welded steel knives. Beware of knives that aren’t actually Damascus and only have lines etched or painted on. If it isn’t different steels welded together, it isn’t actually Damascus. Here are few examples of knives with a Damascus blade.

Kershaw Damascus Skyline 

The skyline is a super slim version of the flipper knife that’s ideal for pocket carrying. It features a damascus steel blade and textured G-10 handles in basic black. Comes with a removable pocket clip that can be reversed for tip-up or tip-down carry so they’ll be ready for your next adventure. Specifications Steel: damascus handle: textured black G-10 lock: locking liner, liner: 410 stainless-steel Blade: 3-1/8 in. (7.9 cm) Closed: 4-1/4 in. (10.8 cm), weight: 2.3 oz. Made in the USA.

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SOG Arcitech Damascus

The Arcitech is a classy knife in its own right, but with a Damascus blade and carbon fiber handle it’s on a different level. It has a 3.5” clip point blade made out of a Japanese mix of VG-10 and nickel. It’s been acid-etched to emphasize the 15 layers in the blade.

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ESEE Damascus Izula

If you’re looking for a fixed blade, the Damascus Izula is for you. It has the same lightweight minimalist skeletonized construction of the regular knife, but this one’s been forged out of a single piece of Damascus steel.

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