Highest Quality Damascus Steel

GASTON knives

DSC®-160 Damascus Steel (Non-Stainless)

DSC stands for “Damascus Steel Super Clean,” and is manufactured and patented by Markus Balbach.

The term “super clean” designates extremely fine and pure steel. DSC, which is not corrosion-resistant, is produced and specially treated by a weld bonding process, which prevents the build-up of contaminants in the steel or the welding seams.

  • This pure weld-bonded steel achieves a high degree of hardness after quenching and reacts with low distortion when heat-treated.
  • The connections of the welded layers of steel do not separate during further reshaping or burr removal.
  • The cutting performance of the blades is superb because the steel is very hard, extremely ductile, and has a low degree of brittleness.
  • DSC-160 ® consists of 80 to 320 layers.
  • DSC-160 ® is bonded from the materials 1.2842 and 1.2767 at a ratio of approx. 3:2.

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These favorable properties and safety features of the blade steel are essential for production and processing and therefore make this Damascus steel especially suitable for use in industrial production.

Heat Treatment:

The heat treatment is applied at a hardening temperature of 840°C while quenching in oil. Annealing hardness after quenching is up to 65.5HRC. If held at 180°C for 1 hour twice, with intermediate quenching, then the utilization and final hardness is appr. 61-62HRC. This steel is suitable for use in freezing temperatures. Higher or lower utilization hardness is possible with appropriate annealing.

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Etching in Fe3Cl or 30% solution of warm sulfuric acid, then polish. The possibility of deep etching is high.

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