What is Damascus Steel?

According to Oxford Language Dictionary 
Damascus Steel made with a wavy surface pattern produced by hammer-welding strips of steel and iron followed by repeated heating and forging, used chiefly for knife and sword blades. Such items were often marketed, but not necessarily made, in Damascus during the medieval period.

According to Wikipedia 
Damascus steel was the forged steel of the blades of swords smithed in the Near East from ingots of Wootz steel[1] either imported from Southern India or made in production centres in Sri Lanka,[2] or KhorasanIran.[3] These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water, sometimes in a "ladder" or "rose" pattern. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering, and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge.[4

Wootz (Indian), Pulad (Persian), Fuladh (Arabic), Bulat (Russian) and Bintie (Chinese) are all names for historical ultra-high carbon crucible steel typified by carbide segregation.

Close-up of a 13th-century Persian-forged Damascus steel sword

Damascus Steel Blade Maintenance?

Lubricate Carbon Steel Damascus Blades.
Our Damascus Steel Blades are made of high and low carbon steel, which means they have a relatively low amount of chromium in the steel.
Carbon steel Damascus can rust when not cared for properly. Make sure to always clean and dry your blade after using with mineral or coconut oil in order to prevent from catching rust or discolouration. This will keep your knife rust-free and maintain its etched beauty.

Store It Properly To Keep It Rust-Free.
When not in use, It’s important to keep the Damascus Steel knife in a dry interior environment, where it will not be affected by extreme moisture or temperature changes.
When out in the field with your knife, make sure that you don’t keep it in a wet environment for long periods of time. Don’t store your knife for long time in a leather sheath - acids and chemicals that are used to tan leather can lead to oxidation over time due to the normal moisture found in the air.

In addition, keeping the entire knife dry is important. We strongly advise against using dehumidifier if you are storing your knives with natural handle materials; especially in a closed safe or storage compartment. Extremely low humidity is a hazard for any natural handle materials (walnut wood, camel bone, buffalo horn, rams horn, stag horn, etc) and will likely cause cracking or separation. Humidity does not effect synthetic handle materials (micarta and densified wood).
By taking good care of your Damascus Steel blade, your knife will last longer and maintain it’s unique look.