Damascus steel was created from wootz steel, a steel developed in India around 300 BC. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. They were widespread among fighters in the Middle East from the late first millennium but production declined until around 1750, when they stopped being made altogether. Today, no one knows how to reproduce them exactly.
This is a moro Fighting kris sword with an unusual 23 wave blade. The simple handle has been wrapped multiple times with different layers of varying materials to keep this sword in use for a very long time. The stirrups are silver, and the blade is very well forged showing a hardened edge. It is rare for a Moro kris to have so many waves and this one would have been made for a special person.