Damascus Steel Rings FAQ
FAQ about our Damascus Steel Rings
What is Damascus Steel, and other questions
What is Damascus Steel?
Damascus steel is a type of metal that has been used for centuries to create swords, knives, and other weapons. It is known for its distinctive patterning, which is created by the forging process used to make it. The steel is made from a combination of different metals, including iron and carbon, and can be found in various parts of the world. The name “Damascus” comes from the city in Syria where it was first produced.
History of Damascus Steel
The history of Damascus steel dates to at least 300 BC when it was first used in India and Persia. It was later adopted by the Middle East and Europe during the Crusades. By the 16th century, it had become a popular material for making swords and other weapons due to its strength and durability. It was also used to make Armor for knights during this time.
The production process of Damascus steel was kept secret for centuries, but eventually it began to spread throughout Europe as more people learned how to make it. By the 19th century, mass production had begun in Germany and England. However, due to changes in technology and materials, production eventually stopped in the early 20th century.
Characteristics of Damascus Steel
Damascus steel is renowned for its distinctive patterning, which is achieved by skilfully welding and folding different metals together during the forging process. This meticulous technique creates a layered effect that imparts a unique appearance to each piece. Although Damascus steel contains a prominent level of carbon, its use in jewellery is prohibited in the EU and UK due to the potential for allergic reactions. Instead, hypoallergenic stainless steel variants such as 304L and 316L are used in our Damascus Rings to ensure they are hypoallergenic.
Uses of Damascus Steel
Today, Damascus steel is still used for creating knives, swords, axes, and other tools that require strength and durability. It can also be found in jewellery such as rings or bracelets due to its attractive patterning and corrosion resistance properties. Additionally, some modern firearms are made with Damascus barrels due to their superior accuracy compared to traditional barrels made from other materials like aluminium or stainless steel.
Damascus steel has been around for centuries and continues to be an important material used in various industries today due to its strength and unique patterning properties. Its history dates back thousands of years when it was first used by warriors during battle as well as artisans who crafted beautiful pieces out of this special metal alloy. Today you can find Damascus steel being used in everything from jewellery making to firearms manufacturing due its superior qualities compared with other types of metals available today.
The largest size that we can currently make is a Z+3, the largest size rod of Damascus steel that we can work with only allows for a maximum size of Z+3. We would hope to have a solution in the future to allow us to introduce rings in a larger size to possibly Z+6, but we are not there yet.
It is not possible to size them. We do however offer a 30 day returns policy to ensure that you have the correct size. We are also happy for you to order multiple sizes to try, and return what is not required. Be aware that if a jeweller does attempt to size the ring for you it is likely to cause damage to the ring. If stretching or compressing is attempted it is likely to split the ring between the layers of the steel and this damage would not be able to be repaired.
Yes they can, you can attempt the string method to try and remove without damage to the ring. If this is not possible then the ring can easily be cut off by most jewellers, A&E or the fire brigade.
The rings are guaranteed for 2 years for manufacturing faults, but not accidental or deliberate damage.
I am afraid not, due to the high cost of manufacturing Damascus Rings we can only achieve our prices by manufacturing in bulk. We typically need to manufacture 10 rings per size, and 100 per design to make our costs viable.
Yes all of our rings are made from genuine Damascus Steel. Each ring will start off as a rod made of 72 layers of 304L and 316L stainless steel which is then repeatedly heated, twisted and folded dozens of times to produces the patterns within the metal. The rings are then machined from rod on a lathe in to a fantastic Damascus Steel Ring.
Yes it is, but as with all jewellery it should still be looked after and not abused. If looked after then a Damascus ring will give you many years of trouble free wear.
Yes we can engrave them, but the engraving is not crisp and can be difficult to read. Our laser needs to have pin point accuracy that is in focus. The problem is as the laser crosses the different lines in the pattern, it is in and out of focus resulting in a poor engraving. We have not included an engraving option as standard on our Damascus Rings. We are experimenting with coloured engraving which will stand out. If successful we will introduce coloured engraving as an option which will be clear.
We have done this successfully, but not to a standard that we are happy to offer as a service. The procedure is a little different to our other rings which we are working to perfect. We hope to have a limited service in the future.
All of our Damascus rings are made using marine grade 316L and 304L stainless steel for their hypoallergenic properties.
The ring will not rust in normal circumstances or normal wear, and probably not even if abused, although it is best not to abuse the ring just in case. It would be advisable to avoid bleaching chemicals such as chlorine, or salt water. If the ring does come into contact then the ring should be rinsed off as soon as you can.