Damascus knife sharpening only with water stone

The name of the Damascus knife borrows from the Syrian capital Damascus. It was the historical trading place for the types of steel needed to forge the mixed blades also known as Damascus knives. Water stones are used for sharpening to maintain edge retention.

Design and structure of the blades

The key difference between “normal” knives and Damascus knives lies in the manufacturing process. Unlike other types of knives, Damascus knives, also known as Damascus knives, combine different types of steel and starting materials.

Fluid boundaries with normal refined steels are created when the Damascus combination and folding technique is used in forging, where all steels are made from the same raw material. With regard to sharpening, what remains common to all types of knives is that only the outwardly prominent cutting edge steel determines the blade sharpness.

Depending on the number of superimposed and folded steel layers, the hardness and elasticity of the knife is formed. Inferior Damascus knives often have only two metals involved, from which the blade is also ground out. It tends to dull quickly, as the different properties often create a contrast in stability that is prone to injury. Monostahl cutting edges or blade edges consisting of at least three layers characterize good Damascus knives.

Mechanical and optical properties

The balance between hardness and elasticity is individually controlled by the mixture and processing. In the forging process, the removal of contaminating ingredients and air inclusions is a central task.

A typical optical characteristic of the Damascus knife are ornamental structures on the blade flanks. Reliefs and ornamental textures are created through material coloring and etching. They have no relevance for the durability and grindability of the knife.

Mostly enclosed mono steel blades

Sharpening a Damascus knife is similar to sharpening a knife in conventional single-layer alloy form. Except for a few cheap products, Damascus knives should be sharpened exclusively on a Japanese water stone.

To protect decorations and ornaments on the blade flanks, it is recommended to mask them during the sharpening process. Today, the majority of high-quality kitchen knives with Damascus manufacturing techniques are made with a mono-steel blade.

Just like all other knives, Damascus knives should never be put in the dishwasher. Clean your Damascus knife by wiping it with a sponge or rag in the direction of the blade. A drop of dishwashing liquid will help to loosen grease. Polish your knives dry afterwards.

Elizabeth Green

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