How to Polish Damascus Steel

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How to Polish Damascus Steel
Damascus is a common steel used in sword making. (sword sexy image by Andrey Kiselev from

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.

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Things you 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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    Clean the Damascus Steel

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

    Polish the Damascus Steel

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

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