I awoke to a nasty surprise today. My new Damascus VG-10 blade had begun to develop fissures along the blade edge. I swear they weren't there yesterday and that I haven't dropped or mistreated it.
I've taken photos under 8x magnification so the fissures look big but to the naked eye they look like hairline fractures.
What could cause this to happen? How can the Damascus steel begin to de-laminate? As you can imagine, I paid a lot of money for this blade so I'm not very happy tonight.
Can any experts or metallurgists on this forum explain it before I throw this expensive knife in the bin?
BTW, the black dots and marks along the edge are dust particles