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.
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.
A blacksmith needs to concentrate on the boiling process as it's important not to overheat the alloy. Further the process totally depends on a master. Ilya prefers cutting the alloy into 4 parts.
The lines of an alloy are far from being attractive. Correct forging determines firmness and future pattern of lines.
The tube is welded at the initial stage of the process to ensure easy grasping.