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How to Polish Damascus Steel

Damascus is a strong steel with a unique grain pattern that is created during the forging process. Damascus steel is commonly used in swords, knives and jewellery. Damascus is an easy metal to care for. Routine maintenance--including polishing--will ensure the long life of your Damascus steel item. Before polishing the steel, thoroughly clean the item to remove any dust or debris.

Combine warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid in a container.

Equip yourself with a pair of leather gloves if cleaning a sword or knife. The leather gloves will prevent you from accidentally cutting your hands during the cleaning process.

Saturate the corner of a sponge with the water and dishwashing liquid mixture.

Scrub the steel with the sponge from top to bottom on both sides.

Wet a clean sponge with warm water. Rinse the steel with the sponge to wipe away the water/dishwashing liquid.

Dry the steel with a soft towel. Do not let the steel air dry. Doing so may lead to rust.

Wipe the Damascus steel from top to bottom with a polishing cloth. For blades, polish once every few months.

Use a small amount of whitening toothpaste and a scouring pad to polish Damascus steel rings.

Polish the blade with soft cloth after you sharpen Damascus steel swords and knife.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Container
  • Leather gloves
  • 2 sponges
  • Soft towel
  • Polishing cloth
  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Scouring pad
  • Soft cloth
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.