Yvonne Edenholm, Press and Media Relations Manager, Alleima
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Damax™ by Alleima is the next generation of Damascus knife steel. It features the same quality as handcrafted steel and is produced with an innovative industrialized technique, with up to 135 layers of martensitic stainless steel.

Alleima has produced cold rolled knife steel since the 1920s. The company is now launching a premium Damascus steel on a large-scale production under the trademark name Damax. The new knife steel will be perfectly suited for many knife applications such as kitchen and outdoors.

“We have a long history of producing knife steel for our customers. This launch enables Alleima to expand our portfolio and further meet the demands from our customers. Our modern industrialized technique makes the production process more cost efficient on a large scale with repeatable quality,” says Claes Åkerblom, President Strip division.


Damascus steel is known as the “mysterious steel” that was used in medieval western cultures and craftsmanship that first emerged in India around 300 B.C. The steel is characterized by multiple layers that are welded together and create a decorative characteristic pattern. Alleima has now brought the manufacturing of Damascus steel to the 21st century.

The production of Damax takes place in collaboration with Balbachdamast GmbH & Co. KG, one of the most renowned Damascus forging companies in the world. With Balbachdamast specialized Damascus welding technique and steel production capabilities at Alleima, the cooperation results in the first large-scale manufacturing of Damascus steel.

“We are the first and only steel producer in the world to produce real Damascus steel on an industrial scale. The product will have the same high quality as handicraft knife steel, as well as the unique, aesthetic design of Damascus steel,” says Daniel Larsson, Global Product Manager at Alleima.

Sandviken, January 16, 2022
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Alleima AB, formerly Sandvik Materials Technology, is a global manufacturer of high value-added products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as solutions for industrial heating. Based on long-term customer partnerships and leading materials technology, we develop products for the most demanding applications and industries. Our offering includes products like seamless steel tubes for the energy, chemical and aerospace industry, precision strip steel for white goods compressor, air conditioners and knife applications, based on more than 900 active alloy recipes. It also includes ultra-fine wires for medical and micro-electronic devices, industrial electric heating technology and coated strip steel for fuel cell technology for cars, trucks, and hydrogen production. Our fully integrated value chain, from R&D to end-product, ensures industry-leading technology, quality, sustainability, and circularity. Alleima, with headquarter in Sandviken, Sweden and revenues of SEK 13.8 billion in 2021, has more than 5,500 employees and customers in approximately 90 countries. Alleima was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm on August 31, 2022, under the ticker ‘ALLEI’. Learn more at