I just love the way damascus steel looks. There is just something about the wavy pattern that is just so beautiful to me, not to mention the labor intensive process behind making that pattern. I'm not talking about laser etching the pattern, but actually the cutting, folding and forging of the steel to get the end result.
The original method of producing damascus steel however, has been lost. Modern attempts to duplicate the steel, originating from India around 300BC, have not been entirely successful. Regardless, modern attempts are just as beautiful.