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Why is Damascus Steel So Good?
If you haven’t seen a Damascus Steel chef knife in person, you’re definitely missing out. This metal stands out among the sea of competing metals, featuring stunning patterns embedded in the steel.
The method of creating Damascus Steel results in a gorgeous marbleized, wavy pattern on the metal. Some makers will even highlight these patterns by intentionally exaggerating and highlighting them, resembling marbled swirls, a tree-like pattern, or other styles.
The end result?
A gorgeous knife with patterns mimicking that of a rolling river, crashing ocean waves, or the bark of a tree. In other words, blades made from Damascus Steel are not your ordinary blank slate (boring) kitchen knives.
In this guide we explore just what makes Damascus Steel so good, and why you too might want to consider adding one, two, or an entire set of Damascus Steel blades from Vertoku to your arsenal.
This Steel Has Beauty Covered, But What About Brawn?
As a chef, or even an at-home cook who loves to experiment, having a blade that is as capable as it is fun to use and look at is important.
Good thing Damascus Steel doesn’t leave us hanging. As one of the most sought out types of steel for culinary tools, blades made from this fine example of blacksmithing artistry are highly durable, hold an impressive edge, are resistant to corrosion, and offer incredible weight to strength ratio for an improved balance.
Did you know that one of the main original uses of Damascus Steel was for forged weapons, due to its superior performance over iron?
Fact is, everyone who cooks has at least one set of ‘standard’ kitchen knives. They are used as the daily workhorses of the kitchen and are generally good for basic tasks.
But do people gasp and ask you about your knives when you start cooking? No?
If you had Damascus Steel knives, they certainly would.
Damascus Steel Knives Offer the Best of Both Worlds
It’s not hard to find examples of things that are pretty but not very practical. The great thing about Damascus Steel is that it offers both beauty and quality.
Modern Damascus Steel knives are made for the modern kitchen. While the origin and methods for making ancient Damascus Steel is still a topic of heated debate. Its future as the star of the kitchen is anything but shrouded in mystery.
What you see in the Damascus Steel knives of today is a modern homage to the style and craft of this particular type of knife, blending time-honored tradition with a contemporary take on ergonomics, craftsmanship and design.
Quality Steel: but buyers beware
Many Damascus Steel knives on today’s market are made with a carbon steel base and a stainless-steel covering. Some are outright imposters altogether, capitalizing on the notoriety and brand recognition of this steel.
At Vertoku, for example, our blades are made from the finest Damascus layered steel, hand-forged and tempered using techniques perfected over the centuries to produce a superior quality blade that looks as good as it performs.