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 Post subject: purpose of damascus
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:14 pm 

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what does damascus layering do for a knife?
apart from looks does it play in importance in performance or anything else?


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 Post subject: Re: purpose of damascus
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:46 pm 

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It looks purdy.

Cladding does have some functional advantages but damascus cladding does not impart much in the way of an additional advantage. At least that is the general consensus though a lot of blow hards in agreement does not a fact make. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: purpose of damascus
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:52 pm 

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We are talking about damascus cladding? From what I've read so far -and I'm not an expert- it's primary a aesthetic thing. I don't know if Damascus makes any difference in terms of food release, but it shouldn't have any impact on how your knife cuts. That is dictated by the quality of the edge (which isn't made out of Damascus steel in a clad knife) and the geometry of the blade.

Esp. since industrial damascus steel shares nothing with the original except the name...


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 Post subject: Re: purpose of damascus
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:04 pm 

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In some cases damascus can cause additional friction depending on the finish and whether or not it has been etched. On the other hand, sometimes texturing can help with food release. I am guessing overall damascus is a wash in terms of performance through product though specific knives may be better or worse for it.


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