Damascus blade

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Damascus blade a sword or scimiter, made chiefly at Damascus, having a variegated appearance of watering, and proverbial for excellence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Damascus blade a Damascus sword, the surface marked by wavy and variegating lines
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Damascus, in Syria, where damask was orig. made.

Usage

In literature:

The nose was Hebraic, long and curved like a Damascus blade.
"The Brotherhood of Consolation" by Honore de Balzac
Her sharp Damascus blade seemed out of place, and useless among rose-leaves.
"North and South" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
He's like one of those fabled Damascus blades.
"The Deluge" by David Graham Phillips
The famous Damascus blades, so renowned in the time of the Crusaders, are made here no longer.
"The Lands of the Saracen" by Bayard Taylor
The Damascus blade was not to rust upon the shelf.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The sabres from Zlatoust are of superior fineness and quality, rivaling the famous blades of Damascus and Toledo.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
His satire is cutting, but not bitter; his wit keen as a Damascus blade.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
It is perhaps unnecessary to remind readers that the famous blades of Damascus were forged from Indian steel.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
A whetstone is dull, but it serves to sharpen Damascus blades.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
It was a Damascus blade falling from the stricken arm to the stone pavement and not against the ringing steel of an opponent.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
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In news:

Damascus Fixed Blade Skinning Knife.
Black Lacquered SS Damascus, Blade Mokume Scales.
Our Knife Of The Day XII is Joel Worley's tapered-tang straight knife with a 5.5-inch fileworked blade of a raindrop-pattern damascus forged from 1080 and 15n20 carbon steels.
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