One is often asked of how many layers the Damascus steel consists of. This question can be answered only in steels which pattern is based on many layers. For a firecracker pattern one would speak of fragments for a twisted pattern by layers per revolution, etc. Sometines you hear the steel was 300 times folded. Also this is not right it has 300 layers. Random pattern is a pattern based on many layers. This random pattern damascus steel can be shaped and grinded off or abraded and drawn out by forging. In this case we speak of pattern control.