wootz Damascus

wootz Damascus

Post by Randal O'Bria » Fri, 22 Dec 2000 04:10:23



This might be old news to all the bladesmiths, but there is an  interesting
article in Jan. 2001 Scientific American.  Apparently, the secret of making
of true wootz Damascus steel has been rediscovered by a team composed of a
distinguished materials science researcher and a traditional master
bladesmith, A. H. Pendray.  The technique is said to have been lost since
the early 1800's.

Randy

 
 
 

wootz Damascus

Post by Ernie Leimkuhle » Fri, 22 Dec 2000 09:21:15


I attended a lecture by Al Pendray at the ABANA conference in Birmingham AL, in '84.
Very interesting guy, and he really knows his stuff.
For a guy who started out as a Farrier (horse-shoer), he has gone far afield.
He is one of about 6 people who can consistently make the stuff, and even he only gets about a 30%
success rate with the billets.

Wootz is absolutely facsinating to modern metallurgists since it makes a very simple materiel
immensely tough, without any fancy alloys or bizzarre heat treating.


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> This might be old news to all the bladesmiths, but there is an  interesting
> article in Jan. 2001 Scientific American.  Apparently, the secret of making
> of true wootz Damascus steel has been rediscovered by a team composed of a
> distinguished materials science researcher and a traditional master
> bladesmith, A. H. Pendray.  The technique is said to have been lost since
> the early 1800's.

> Randy

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Post by Bill McGow » Sun, 24 Dec 2000 01:08:08


Absolutely a grand article!!  Highly recommended.

Bill


Quote:
> This might be old news to all the bladesmiths, but there is an
interesting
> article in Jan. 2001 Scientific American.  Apparently, the secret of
making
> of true wootz Damascus steel has been rediscovered by a team composed of a
> distinguished materials science researcher and a traditional master
> bladesmith, A. H. Pendray.  The technique is said to have been lost since
> the early 1800's.

> Randy