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The difference between Wootz and Damascus

What is the difference between Wootz and Damascus?

The original Wootz steel (originated in South India) is characterized by a pattern of bands and high carbon content. Wootz steel was amongst the finest in the world. It is the metal that was used to fashion weapons such as the famous Damascus blades of the Middle Ages. Many claim that modern attempts to duplicate the metal have not been entirely successful due to differences in raw materials and manufacturing techniques. 

The "Modern Damascus" is an interpretation of the Wootz steel pattern and refers mostly to the pattern in the steel, rather than the actual composition of the steel. Our own handmade patterned welding Damascus blade is the result of over 1000 layers of steel.


Discover our handmade Damascus steel


Roselli steel block in oven


When creating the Roselli UHC steel Heimo Roselli had the intention to create a high carbon steel (similar to the Wootz steel) with exceptional performance. In the beginning he called this steel Roselli Wootz, but some time back they are now just called Roselli UHC. Some resellers still use the old name Roselli Wootz, but the steel is the same as the UHC steel.


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