13 Damask Steel Master

Damask Steel Master

Posted on August 4, 2011 by kulichik


Meet Ilya Kulikov, a famous blacksmith from Yaroslavl who is a real master of his craft and can turn damask steel into beautiful objects without any efforts.


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Beautiful damask steel is obtained when several plates made of different metals are forged together. Thin plates undergo numerous forging, metals are mixed and damask steel is got. Unlike damask steel, wootz which is represented in the picture is boiled.

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13 Responses to “Damask Steel Master”

  1. historian says:

    In last 20 years I see more and more often damask knives in shops, its a good that a forgetten art becomes now again mainstream after the industrialization.

  2. Ivana Benderova says:

    What… no end result?

  3. testicules says:

    I want a meteorite machete.

  4. Pacific NW says:

    Nice post. I used to dabble in amature blacksmithing. Had a forge made from a semi truck brake drum and a blow dryer and a inexpensive anvil that was made in Russia. Lot’s of fun, but these guys are real artists.

  5. schwanzlurch says:

    Finish puko > damask blade. :)

    • EngrishBob says:

      Puukko. I disagree, most Finnish knives while made to very exacting standards are not as useful as say Swedish or Norwegian blades. Damask is poser’s blade though. Nice but not worth the expense for everyday use.

      • Timhotep says:

        The variety of finnish puukkos is huge from small ones (to keep women and children in line) to big ones (for a serious man-to-man discussion). However, damask steel was not used in traditional knives, it has been introduced only recently.

      • CZenda says:

        I have a Swedish knife (military Mora for medics) and it spends most of its life in a drawer. The most practical knife I´ve ever had is a 10-EUR French Opinel No. 10 ;-)

  6. Tobbe says:

    Anyone know where I can purchase one?

  7. Tovarich_Volk says:

    Now that is some high quality work!

  8. ox says:

    what you mean without efforts. by the way you can buy nice damascus knives on ebay starting from 30 bucks, pity we didn’t see the resulting product here

    • j pigden says:

      There is only one way to tell if the knife is truly a DAMASCUS blade, cut it open! Anyone can claim a knife is DAMASCUS steel. The Japanese wave pattern can be faked. Only micro inspection of the steel tells the truth!

  9. j pigden says:

    I think “boiling” is the wrong word.

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