The “Lost” Recipe for Damascus Steel

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Damascus steel blades were not only visually stunning with their intricate, swirling patterns, but they were also known for being incredibly sharp. Unfortunately, the recipe for making them was lost over time and we haven’t been able to make a batch of true Damascus swords since the 1800s.

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