Like most anything there is damascus, some of it is pretty, some not so pretty, some will perform on par with just about anything out there for cutting, some does not. Some have so much talent behind them the thought of how the maker pulled it off boggels the mind. Like others have said, it depends on who makes it and what it is made from as well as technique.
Cutting competitions have been won with damascus blades so it is not just for show.
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