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Damascus steel was created from wootz steel, a steel developed in India around 300 BC. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. They were widespread among fighters in the Middle East from the late first millennium  but production declined until around 1750, when they stopped being made altogether. Today, no one knows how to reproduce them exactly.

Damascus steel was created from wootz steel, a steel developed in India around 300 BC. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. They were widespread among fighters in the Middle East from the late first millennium  but production declined until around 1750, when they stopped being made altogether. Today, no one knows how to reproduce them exactly.

(Source: futilitycloset.com)

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