Damascus steel is a multilayered hand-forged steel used in the past for arabic and japanese weapons and now for kitchen knives and various connoisseur blades. Usually, two alloys are used alternatively to stack layers having different properties and shades.
I wonder if it still has a mechanical superiority over modern carbon steels, especially with "super steels" and tools steels like CPM 3V. By technical superiority, I mean better properties regarding fatigue resistance, impact resistance, tear propagation, edge durability, corrosion resistance, ultimate average tensile strength and so on.
Are there any studies about that ?