Alexis Dold Talks Damascus Steel
Alexis Dold of Villin Cycle Works is perhaps the first person to incorporate Damascus steel into a bicycle frame. Best known for its use in knives and swords, Damascus steel is created by forging different alloys into one multi-layered piece of metal. The resulting material displays a very desirable organic pattern. The metal takes advantage of the best properties of each alloy used (some are harder but more brittle, some are softer but more flexible), resulting in a material that’s ultimately more suitable than any of the individual alloys.