Does Damascus cut better than an equivalent plain steel?
Is damascus tougher than plain steel?
With the powder damascus DAMASTEEL the one layer is RWL34 the other is PMC27 (non powder equivalent is 12C27)
If correctly heat treated the RWL34 layer is about 62HRC and the PMC27 layer is about 57HRC!
Does this make it tougher and more flexible than plain RWL34 ?
Does the same effect happen with carbon damascus ?
Does this cut better than the equivalent plain steel ?
I have my own experiences but will be quiet until there is some fluff flying.
The specs of the two grades of steel in the DAMASTEEL are below.
One (RWL34) is effectively the powder equivalent of ATS34 or 154CM , while the other (PMC27) is the powder equivalent of Sandvik 12C27.
MARTENSITIC STAINLESS DAMASCENE STEEL
C Si Mn Cr Mo V %
I. RWL34 1.05 .50 .50 14 4 .2
II. PMC27 .60 .50 .50 13 .5 - -