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Nearly 2,000 years ago, steelsmiths in Damascus, Syria discovered that folded steel was far superior to the common homogeneous smelted steel which they had been working with.
At the time, steelsmiths did not have the technology to create homogeneous steel so they had to combine steels and weld them together.
The result created much more flexible yet tougher steel, which they used for knife blades.
Known as "Steel of the Ancients," Damascus steel combines steels of different properties to produce a strong and malleable material.
Creating this stunning form of steel is a difficult and risky process and has only a 75% success rate.
After the steels are welded together, the surface is etched with an acid.
Beginning with alternating layers of two types of steel, the materials are welded together in a coal forge.
The layers of metal are then stacked and hammered into one piece.
The material is then reheated and folded over and over again until the two original layers become 4, then 8, then 16, up to 512 layers.
Once 512 layers are reached, the piece is cut, grinded and hammered into the knife blade.
The metal is then hardended by heating and quenching.
The blade is then placed in a 400 degree oven for two hours so it will temper.
After tempering, the steel is sanded to a fine polish.
Finally, the metal is soaked in a bath of acid to reveal the many beautiful swirling layers hidden underneath.
This is a handsome authentic Damascus Steel Bowie Knife with Stand and Sheath.
While other companies offer "Damascus" steel knives that are simply plain steel blades with an etched swirl pattern, ours are true handmade folded steel Damascus blades and no two are alike.
The knife comes complete with a fine, hand sewn leather sheath and a beautiful solid rosewood display stand.
If you have ever priced rosewood, you know that it is so expensive that it is sold by the inch rather than by the foot.
A brass plaque can be mounted on the rosewood stand and can be custom engraved with up to
30 words in five lines of text and/or with a company logo.
The Damascus Bowie's blade is made of carbon Damascus steel and is 0.27 inches (6.8 mm) thick and 1.8 inches (4.6 cm) wide.
This knife measures 15 inches (38 cm) overall and weighs 1 pound 8.3 ounces (0.7 grams).
The thick high quality top grain leather sheath weighs 3.1 ounces (88 grams).
The solid rosewood stand measures 9 11/16 inches (24.6 cm) long and 3 inches wide (7.7 cm).
The blade is shipped unsharpened but can easily be sharpened to a razor sharp edge.
The Damascus Bowie Knife with Leather Sheath and Rosewood Stand sells for $562.50.
We also offer a Marine Bowie Knife with Leather Sheath and two
Damascus Pocket Knives.
Damascus Bowie Knife with Stand and Sheath
Large 10" Blade
Damascus Bowie Knife
with Leather Sheath
in Leather Sheath
Black Leather Sheath
Detail of Leather Sheath
Bowie Knife with Rosewood Stand
Detail of Rosewood Stand