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Angular Momentum and The Beauty of Scandinavian Damascus Steel

Damascus swords were claimed to be able to cut through lesser quality swords and even rock. The technique used to create original Damascus steel is currently a matter of historical conjecture. Raw materials and Damascus steel crafting instruction are no longer available.

The foundation for Damascus Steel is Wootz Steel, which originated in India and Sri Lanka. Damascus steel and later spread to Persia. From the 3rd century to the 17th century, India was shipping steel ingots to the Middle East for use in Damascus steel. In Europe, research has demonstrated that high quality swords with damask patterns were produced by various pattern welding techniques since at least the 3rd century BC by the Celts, Germanic and Scandinavian peoples. The general term “Damascus” refers to metal with a visible grain pattern, sometimes with a texture. Modern Damascus is a lamination of folded steels selected with cosmetic qualities, with grinding and polishing specifically to expose the layers.

Today, Sweden is the leading producer of different Damascus steel types, Austenitic Damascus steel used for knife blades which has to be hardened to become stainless. low alloy tough hardening Damascus steel used for hunting firearm barrels and Martensitic Damascus steel, forged from different stainless steel types of the 316 group used in watch industry.

Angular Momentum is doubtless not the first watch manufacturer who has made watch cases in stainless Damascus steel. But Angular Momentum’s Damascus watch cases are made of extra-dense twisted Martensitic steel, deeply etched after milling and polishing to make the beautiful wood grain pattern visible in relief. The Damascus steel is etched in a hot bath of Aqua Regia a mixture of sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid. This allows us also to offer timepieces with Damascus steel cases heavily plated in various colors of gold.

Golden Damascus – Verre Eglomise – Blue Moon of Rangoon

Martensitic stainless Damascus steel case, rose gold plated, measuring 39mm. Ultra-flat Swiss hand-winding movement, 8.0 mm winding crown with sapphire cabochon. Verre Èglomisé – miniature painting of a hunting Tiger in blue moon light.

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Written by kevin

July 13, 2010 at 1:48 am

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