Namu Cho is the award winning designer of jewelry using the ancient techniques of Damascus Steel and
Damascene. He makes new, unique, and beautiful designs from Gold, Silver, Platinum, and Steel. Many selections of
rings are designed for Wedding Bands, or Diamond Engagement Rings.
Damascus Steel is a lamination fabrication technique where in metal pieces are fusion welded in layers. The
process was first seen in Persia around 500 BC and used to produce welded blades. The laminate composition of
a Damascus Steel blade is attained by alternating layers of soft malleable wrought iron and a hardenable and
temperable steel with a high carbon content. The steel portion of the blade gives it strength and the
ability to hold a fine edge, while the iron provides elasticity so it won't break when struck. The layering
of the steel patterns revealed by etching the surface has been refined into a decorative art.
The term Damascus Steel itself comes from the European Crusades who came in contact with these superior weapons at
the trading city of Damascus. When the technology spread across Asia into India it was called Wootz. The Japanese
surpassed all other regions with their refinement of lamination techniques. The Japanese have a rich vocabulary that
developed along with the development of the manufacture of this steel, with up to 100 individual words for pattern
welding. One such term is mokume, "wood eye metal".