These beautifully structured damascus blades with 192 layers are made in the Indus Valley. In order to achieve a high cutting performance, low alloy carbon steel 1095 is forged with Nickel steel 15N20. All blades are already etched and hardened to 60 HRC. The edges are not completely sharpened. All you have to do to finish your knife is sharpen the edge, attach the handle scales and maybe bolsters to the tang. These blanks are handmade, they may vary slightly in form and size. Not rustproof.