DS93X is a powder metallurgy Damascus steel. It is made from two different hardenable steel grades (RWL34 and PMC27). The two alloys are fused on smelting in more than 100 layers with no transition band and can therefore be regarded as a solid piece of steel before further processing. Further processing (creation of the pattern) is carried out in the same way as in traditional Damascus steel production. Soft annealed for easy processing. The steel becomes stainless after heat treatment. Hardenable up to 64 HRC. The steel has the following outstanding characteristics in comparison with Damascus steel made with standard production methods:
Rustproof - due to powder metallurgy it is possible to fuse high-alloy steels
Excellent durability - due to additional alloy components in the steel (carbide builder)
Highest purity - for a homogenous microstructure and ease of sharpening
Incomparable toughness - extremely resistant against breaking, bending and impact stress
Durably bonded steel layers without the risk of layer separation
For more information on processing and a hardness chart see our instruction manual.
At the beginning of the nineties, the company Erasteels formed a powder metallurgy steel division in Sweden which was later called Damasteel AB. Powder metallurgy technology had already been in use for over twenty years at this point. But even though the steel quality was greatly improved compared to standard production methods and alloys became possible that could not be produced before, it took time to become widely accepted on the market. Using the same technology the company began producing stainless Damascus steel and patented this new process. Soon, several large knife manufacturers and smithies saw the potential of the new material which is now also available for end users in a multitude of patterns and sizes.