What’s the difference between Wootz and Damascus steel?


Wootz is the name of the actual steel used in making Damascus blades. This high quality metal originated in India and has been in trade since the 6th century BC. It’s referred to as Damascus because that was the city (capital of Syria) that was known for selling swords made of the Wootz steel. When people refer to Damascus blades, they’re likely referring to pattern-welded blades in general.

Side Note: As one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, Damascus has a fascinating history for any of those interested.

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