The History of Damascus Steel

The SHINSEN 新鮮 signature Damascus design stems from a knife-crafting method that dates back to the 6th century A.D. Cast Damascus steel, known as “wootz,” was popular in the Middle East at the time. Requiring a high degree of skill, the wootz was developed by melting steel and iron with charcoal, then forging the material into the desired shape.

Fabricated Damascus steel came soon after, also known as “pattern-welded steel”. This produced the same product as wootz but with less labor. The style was developed by layering two or more pieces of molten-hot metal and hammering them together. The result - a welded bond, creating the same watered pattern as wootz.

Because both wootz and pattern-welded steels produced a metal superior to traditional wrought iron, Damascus popularity spread quickly. Most notably, the same methods were used to create the beautifully welded katana developed during Japan’s Kamakura period (ca. 1192-1333).

The technology has improved substantially, but one thing remains the same - the steel is sharp and durable, optimizing performance in the kitchen. Using SHINSEN 新鮮 isn’t just using a superior cooking utensil. It’s using a piece of history with every slice.

The Excellence of SHINSEN 新鮮

Our blades are beautifully forged using the same techniques that have been ingrained into knifemaking for centuries. SHINSEN 新鮮 understands that a stellar product is incomplete without impeccable service. Our work continues after the blade is forged. We are committed to responding to our clients' questions and concerns in a timely matter. Our hospitality should reflect the flawlessness of our blades.

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