If you’re searching for a Damascus steel wedding band, you probably know how exalted this metal has been throughout history.
In case you need a refresher, Damascus steel was used to craft swords in the near east during the third century. Word of the quality of these Damascus steel blades traveled quickly, earning them a reputation throughout the world as exceptionally strong, shatter-resistant, and beautiful.
Damascus steel wedding bands are crafted with the same care as those treasured swords, to reveal its innate combination of strength and beauty. That beauty is created, in part, during the foraging process. The result is a natural, swirled pattern reminiscent of flowing water and you’ll see this feature in the wedding bands we’ve included in this article.
It’s worth mentioning that the same patterns were prominent in those third-century swords from the near east we mentioned above. It’s probably not a coincidence the word “damas” is the root word for “watered” in Arabic. So without further ado, we present:
Damascus Steel Wedding Bands
1. Damascus Steel & Black Zirconium Band
by Manly Bands
This handcrafted Damascus steel/black zirconium ring is so sexy, it had to be number one. Black wedding bands have surpassed the trendy mark and sailed on through to popular – this ring is a perfect example of why.
2. Polished Damascus Steel with Blue Cerakote Band
by Manly Bands
The contrast between the polished Damascus steel and blue Cerakote sleeve on this ring makes it look like it was made for royalty.
3. Whiskey Barrel Wood with Damascus Steel Band
Wedding bands featuring whiskey barrel oak are popping up everywhere, and we think it’s a pretty cool trend, particularly when paired with a beautiful metal. Due to the natural grain of the white oak and wave of the steel, you can bet no two of these beauties will be alike.
4. Damascus Wedding Band With Titanium And Turquoise Inlay
Again, the contrast between colors and textures in this ring is so unique and, it goes without saying, beautiful. You’re going to have get prepared for a lot of compliments.
5. Polished Damascus Steel Band
by Manly Bands
So. Shiny. The polish on this ring alone is enough to get you noticed, but that trademark wave pattern seals the deal for real. Two thumbs up.
6. Handcrafted Damascus Steel Band With Acid Finish
by Manly Bands
Acid finish is simply a technique that makes part of the steel look darker when crafting the ring. The acid finish is applied to the inlay of this uniquely named band, creating a contrast that will look amazing on your finger. We promise.
7. Damascus Steel Band with Silver and Palladium Mokume Inlay
by Manly Bands
We loved this one because it makes a statement. You’ve got to be bold in order to rock a ring this bold.
8. Damascus Twist Steel Rose Tungsten Band
We really liked the rose gold contrast to the acid finish of the Damascus steel. It looks great, and if your soon-to-be-wife’s engagement ring is rose-gold, this band is a beautiful masculine compliment.
Tips for Choosing a Wedding Band
For a lot of men, buying their wedding band is almost an afterthought.
It can take so much time and research. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start! So you might find it tempting to just walk into the nearest jewelry store, go to the men’s wedding bands, close your eyes, and point.
There. Ring chosen. Box it up.
Luckily, shopping for men’s wedding bands CAN be low-maintenance and stress-free. You just need to prepare a little. Like, say, take half an hour or so to get ‘er done. Thirty minutes is worth a lifetime of wear, right? You know you’re fiancee is nodding her head vigorously at this very moment. Yes, yes, it IS worth.
What Metals Would Work For You?
Ok, so we’ll just say right out of the gate, make sure you’re not allergic to any of the metals or other materials in the bands you’re considering. It would suck to decide on a particular ring, buy it and take it home, only to find out you’re allergic. Then it’s back to the drawing board. Ok, so now that’s out of the way…
What does your average day look like?
Pretty much every guy we know works with his hands in some way or another, whether it’s tinkering with the car on the weekends, earning a living in construction, or hitting the greens every Sunday.
Traditional gold, silver, and platinum are totally suitable for your average Joe and will stand up to most daily wear and tear beautifully.
Do you work with your hands for a living? If so, you’ll want a metal that can take a lot of abuse like cerakote, carbon fiber, and Damascus steel. Although it’s not quite as hardy, cobalt is a pretty tough contender as well.
Are you athletic? The flexibility and durability of a silicone ring might be a practical choice for you. In fact, the husband of one of our staff went silicone because his original titanium ring bruised his finger every time he went skateboarding. So there’s that to consider.
What’s your budget look like?
The price of men’s wedding bands are really all over the place. Oftentimes those extra zeroes depend on whether you choose to customize your band or add precious stones.
If we’re talking metal alone, platinum is usually the most expensive, followed by white gold and yellow gold.
Prices for Damascus steel wedding bands range from $150 all the way up to $5000 on ManlyBands.com. It’s worth noting, the $5000 ring is actually solid 14K Gold with acid finished Damascus steel and .01 diamond edges, so yeah, that one’s super fancy.
What do you like?
Yes, it’s really obvious, but we’re still going to point it out because, well, we know how a lot guys choose their socks and boxer briefs (hint: there’s not a lot of research or consideration involved).
Since you’re gonna be looking at your wedding band for the rest of your life, it’s important to pick a ring you like to look at. Like, way more important than what your boxer briefs look like.
There are a couple of things to consider when it comes to how comfortable your ring will be (and will stay):
- Have you been properly sized?
Don’t take a guess, and don’t use a string or a tape measure or any other measuring device other than a jeweler. A jeweler should be your measuring device. So pay a visit to one you trust and get sized properly.
Also, keep in mind that the average person’s fingers swell depending on the time of day and/or environmental conditions. Naturally, that’ll affect your size choices.
- What’s your width and shape preference?
Wider bands are popular, but they can be uncomfortable depending on the size and shape of your hand. Skinny rings are more comfortable, but keep in mind they’re also more prone to breaking. Common sense, right? Ok, moving on.
Most rings come in domed and flat shapes of varying degrees, domed being raised and rounded on the outside, while flat rings are… flat.
The “fit” of a ring refers to how it’s shaped on the inside of the ring against your finger. These usually come in “comfort-fit” and “standard-fit”. Comfort-fit rings are rounded on the inside against your finger, while standard-fit rings lie flat.
A Final Word About Damascus Steel
From its origins at the hands of ancient Syrian warriors, to the knights who wielded it during the crusades, the adventurous and romantic history of Damascus steel has us mesmerized.
Equally mesmerizing, of course, is its beauty when crafted into a one-of-a-kind Damascus steel wedding band.
If you’re a rugged individualist, Damascus steel could very well be the perfect choice for you. Just expect to turn a lot of heads and attract a lot of compliments. But you’re already used to that anyways, right?