Properly made "Damascus" blades are worlds above the standard forged blade knives. They are stronger, keep an edge longer, and less likely to rust than any other blades. Stainless blades don't easily rust but they do not hold an edge as well as their carbon steel counter-parts. I make my own knives for many reasons but mostly because it is relaxing to me. I use the "Damascus" method when I want the best blade I can get, while for a "standard" utility knife I use carbon steel. I also make knives that are not meant to be used as weapons or utility purposes - "show" or "ceremonial" knives are fun to make too. I don't sell my knives. I make them for myself and sometimes as gifts for friends.