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 steels for their damascus, the DSC Inox and Inox-S varieties are true stainless damascus alloys 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 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

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