Odyssey had on display a very rare and limited putter made for the Japanese market named the Damascus Grand Limited Putter. ( This is true Damascus steel ) as Damascus has been a trend lately when it comes to high end putter materials that said not all Damacus is the same. Some brands offer full Damascus made putters at less than half the cost of the material alone. This is what I’m calling Faux Damascus or Damascus look.
True Damascus has a very high carbon content of 1-2% while most modern damascus used in putters has only a fraction of 1% and this in my opinion tarnishes the name Damascus. Putter makers rushed to the Damascus trend with materials that have a undergone a layer forging or lamination process that provides the look of Damascus but doesn’t feel or perform the same.
So how do you know if your getting the real thing? The easiest way is price, True Damascus isn’t cheap expect to pay at least a couple of thousand dollars for one. When you putt with real damascus the feel is sublime the extra added carbon creates almost a spongy impact. It will wear as it’s forged Fe and not stainless and what’s the point in putting a plating on something this special.