I was reminded last night that there are still many misconceptions on Damascus, Pattern Welding, and Wootz steel. Not only among the general populous, but even among bladesmiths. So, I think I’m going to try and begin work on a section describing what I know of the history of Damascus/Wootz/Pattern Welding. Much of this information will be regurgitation of things I’ve read, but citations will be provided in order to let folks get at my source material if they’re inclined to go find it. It may take a little bit as I’m particularly busy at the moment, but I’ll try.
In the meantime, I’d like to recommend an excellent book on the subject. Manfred Sachse’s “Damaszener Stahl. Mythos. Geschichte. Technik. Andwendung.” (Translated: “Damascus Steel: Myth, History, Technology, Applications”) is a fantastic treatise on the history of Damascus. There is an English translation available as well, it can be harder to find, and it’s pricey, but it one of the best books on the subject available IMHO.
That’s all for now, but but I’ll be working on trying to organize some information to add into a history section.