Officer Gigglez wrote:Obviously it has a unique pattern, but does it offer any advantages that regular steel doesn't? Is the hefty price tag worth it?
Vikings use pattern in their swords to make them stronger. Combination of soft iron and hard steel with certain spring like pattern adds
some spring like properties. Modern days it is nothing but pattern, which somehow I do not like and performance is not very good
it actually worse then component performance. Unless it is suminogashi - where layers made the way that only good steel ends up
on the edge.
There are some urban legends about damscus better performance - like damascus serration etc... You may see them in Sal's post.
But it is not really the case.
Modern layered steels has nothing to do with old Damascus swords or old Viking spring patterns - it is just catchy sales person story.
Now days it is just ornaments and skilled craftsman may do damascus which performs as good as regular steel.