Damascus Steel Rings
Damascus steel rings are for any man who keeps a copy of The Art of War on his bedside table. Wearing Damascus steel is a personal tribute to the legendary bladesmithing of medieval weaponry.
A Trip Back in Time
Let’s take a trip back in time to 13th Century Syria. You are roaming the bustling streets of the capital city, Damascus, decked out in the traditional keffiyeh (that impressive headdress) and flowing white robe. Your sandals smack the blistering-hot, dusty dirt road as you make your way to the busy downtown street market.
You peruse the local offerings, looking for something special to take home to show your wife. There are fresh sweets, hand-carved ornaments, furniture, and clothing. Just as you reach the end of the road, there is a dark, dilapidated tent in view. There in the darkness hunches a very old man, with a long gray beard and a parrot on his shoulder.
As he turns to you from out of the darkness, you notice his eyes are white and clouded over; perhaps this man is blind. All of a sudden, he billows to you, “You came looking for something special today, and I have it right here.”
Surprised, you respond, “But how did you know I was looking for something unusual? Something no one else has? I mean, I don’t even know what it is I’m looking for!”
The old man retorts, “What you are looking for, young man, is a sword made of legendary Damascus steel. And it just so happens I have one in my possession.”
As the man unsheaths the magnificent weapon, you shield your eyes in half awe and half terror. It is the sharpest, shiniest, most incredible work of art you have ever seen. Not to mention it’s probably the most astonishing sword you’ve seen since you saw Kill Bill (but you are in the 13th Century Middle East, so that movie hasn’t come out yet, nevermind).
You pay the man and kill a bunch of evil overlords on the way back to your hut where your wife is keeping the home fires burning. When you show her your new Damascus steel sword, she is so impressed that she, well, cooks you dinner.
That is a sweet deal for befriending an old blind man and his parrot. That is the power of Damascus steel.
The Legend of Damascus Steel
Damascus Steel originated not in the Middle East but Southern India and Sri Lanka. There it was called wootz steel and was famous for its distinct wavy pattern most commonly characterized as resembling flowing water, or a fingerprint. Wootz steel gained notoriety for its sharpness, strength, and overall durability.
Eventually, ingots (solid bricks) of wootz steel were shipped on boats to the Middle East, where they became featured in weapons manufacturing. In the smelting process, swordmakers would mix organic materials such as leaves and bamboo into the ore. Every bladesmith had a different formula, with the result being a spectacular, unique sword made of Damascus steel.
Mysteriously, the process of creating Damascus Steel faded sometime around the 1700s and did not reappear on the public stage for over 200 years. Finally, in the 1970s, renowned swordsmith William F. Moran resurrected the centuries-old legend of Damascus steel with a modern method of manufacturing.
Today, modern Damascus steel is welded into long forms called billets, which are then cut at various angles to create unique, one of a kind final products for blades and jewelry. These renditions are odes to the past and the unique tradition that Damascus steel carries. Better yet, they are just as strong and sharp as their ancient predecessors.
Why Choose a Damascus Steel Ring?
Electing to wear Damascus steel as your wedding band is a statement, as no two rings are exactly alike. The material itself is efficient: it is hard, durable, incredibly reliable, and remarkably easy to maintain.
No, you probably won’t be fighting off any invading sultans with this modern metal. But a Damascus steel ring is so versatile it can withstand the blue-collar wear and tear while standing out just enough from a white-collar crowd. Each ring is like a fingerprint, with a unique wavelength pattern.
Take a look at the Ivan. This stunning example of modern pattern-welding is as classic as it is unusual. Be careful: if you stare at it too hard, the pattern may hypnotize you.
If you want to make an impression, go with the Brook. Blending old-world swordsmithing with a little luck of the Irish, the green flowing waves of this ring are incredible to look at. If you hate small talk as much as the rest of us and are desperate for a new conversation starter, wear this ring to your next work function.
Care & Considerations
Some people think that because Damascus steel is such a unique and mystifying product that maintenance must be a pain in the butt. Yes, you will be rocking a living tribute to the rich history of medieval weaponry, the most masculine of artforms. But no, you will not have to enroll in a potions class at Hogwarts to keep your new ring clean.
A little mild soap, warm water, and a gentle cloth will keep your Damascus steel looking as pristine as that fateful day you met the old blind man and his parrot. Just consider Epic Wedding Bands your own mystical elderly sword dealer. Bit of a stretch? Nah.