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Damascus Kitchen Knives guide

June 24, 2020

Modern Damascus steel can be recognised by the beautiful pattern found on the surface of the blade. These sought-after knives also have a reputation for being incredibly strong and sharp.

  • What is a Damascus kitchen knives?
    Damascus kitchen knives are knives made from Damascus steel. It is the technique used to make the steel that marks them as ‘Damascus’ rather than any other part of the knife design.
    Damascus chef knives can be identified by the wavy, mottled pattern than runs through the blade.

  • How are Damascus kitchen knives made?
    Modern Damascus steel is made by either forge-welding different types of steel together before twisting and manipulating the metal, or by flattening out and then folding a single type of steel in order to produce layers in the metal. Both these techniques result in the wavy, ‘organic’ pattern that is typical of Damascus steel kitchen knives.
    The technique used to make modern Damascus steel is primarily for aesthetic reasons; however, the folding and refolding process does have the benefit of evening out any natural impurities in the metal.

  • How do you sharpen a Damascus kitchen knives?
    Damascus steel requires no special techniques for sharpening. As with all quality damascus chef knives, the best way to sharpen a Damascus blade is by using a whetstone.

  • Do Damascus chef knives rust?
    Modern Damascus steel kitchen knives can be made from a variety of different steels. Whether a Damascus steel knife rusts will depend on the type of steel from which it is made.
    Most steel used for Damascus kitchen knives is stainless and does not rust. Popular knife brands that sell items made from Damascus steel, such as RUITAI company, use this type of steel.
    For knives made from high-carbon steel, it is important to clean and dry immediately after use. Regularly oiling the blade can also help to prevent rust.

  • Do Damascus knives hold an edge?
    High-quality Damascus blades hold their edge well. This is because the knives are usually made from an inner core of high-carbon specialty steel surrounded by softer stainless steel which has been forged to produce the distinctive Damascus pattern.
    Due to the hardness of the inner core, the blade’s edge will remain sharp, while the softer stainless steel acts to protect the core from chipping.

  • Are Damascus kitchen knives good?
    This really depends on the quality of knife you buy. RUITAI company damascus steel kitchen knives are famed for their sharpness and ability to maintain their edge well. This is because they are made from a hard steel sandwiched between softer steel. The hard steel creates a sharp edge, while the softer steel acts as protection.


    However, some cheaper Damascus kitchen knives are made using a technique designed simply to create a pattern, with little thought for the quality of the cutting blade.

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