Damascus steel was first created in ancient India more than 1600 years ago. Its superior strength and durability are legend. Damascus steel has not been produced since the 1700’s.
“Damascus” steel runs to a hardness of 52 which does not compare favorable to the current 57 – 61 ratings of modern scissor steels, VG-10 Gold and Hitachi ATS 314 steel. VG-10 and 314 are used to create Damascus-style shears. These new Damascus styles have all the virtues of the top alloy steels and feature unmistakably graceful patterns on their surface.
The patterns or “ripples” on the original Damascus blades are created by the difference in carbon density – or the difference in tempering – of its steel components. This is the same process used in the forging of traditional Japanese swords. The ripples symbolize not only the mysterious allure and beauty of the traditional Damascus blade. Today, the ripples and designs on Damascus-style blades are created using multi-layers of different steels -the exact technique varies according to the manufacturer.
Hair shears made with Damascus-style steel generally retail for between $600 and $2,000. When buying such shears you must be constantly on guard against forgeries and counterfeits of your best known brands.
Top Edges offers an ultra high quality Damascus style shear made of VG-10. We’d love you to compare our shears with Kasho, Kamisori, or Washi. We’d also love to see you save $400 to $800 plus and still cut with the finest.