FAQ’s

Is this the same as Damasteel®?

Damasteel® is the brand name of a different manufacturer from Sweden. While Balbach is based in Germany and uses different techniques and base steels for their pattern-welded damascus.

What is the same, is that DSC Inox and DSC Inox-S varieties are true “stainless” damascus knife steels, food grade and perfect for custom knife makers.

What Steels are used?

Balbachdamast uses well known and respected European steels that you already know and love, from voestalpine Bohler, Buderus and Sandvik in the damascus.

The resulting pattern-welded damascus alloys are high performing, super clean and fault free.

DSC® Inox: N690 (Bright) and Buderus Nitro-B (Dark)
DSC® Inox-S: Sandvik 19c27 (Bright) and 7c27Mo2 (Dark)
DSC® Carbon: 1.2767 (X45NiCrMo4) (Bright) and 1.2842 (AISI O2 steel) (Dark)

How do you heat treat it?

Heat treating Balbach damascus is straight forward for knifemakers with an electric knifemakers furnace in their workshop. If you heat treat N690 you can heat treat Balbach Inox as well.

Balbach DSC Inox: Download Spec Sheet
Balbach DSC Inox-s : Download Spec Sheet
Balbach DSC Carbon: Download Spec Sheet

Read our blog post on Heat treating your steel.

How do you etch stainless damascus?

We have a few recommendations on how you should etch your stainless damascus. Ultimately the final etch is largely up to you based on your preference and desired look.

As stainless damascus is resistant to corrosion, we recommend using Hydrochloric Acid (Pool acid) / Sulphic Acid or Nitric Acid (HNO3) for the process.

Read our blog post on How to etch stainless damascus for more detailed, step-by-step directions.

What patterns are available?

We offer a wide selection of Damascus in many shapes and sizes from round bar to stock removal flat bar.

We offer nine types of pattern-welded damascus; Wild, Small Roses, Large Pyramids, Roll, Torsion, Herringbone, Layer / Masame, Leopard, and Ferus.

View the patterns

What grinding belts work best?

Most ceramic grinding belts from popular manufactures will work perfectly fine, either when grinding annealed or hardened steel.

In South Africa, we can recommend either the VSM XK880 or VSM XK780 ceramic grinding belts. They both have good removal rates, run cool, and leave good finishes.

What aboat Russian Zladinox?

Zladinox is the trademark of A&R, a Russian (Zlatoust) damascus producer. They produce both weather-resistant and carbon-based damascus steels. It is manufactured using more conventional technology.

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