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.
> 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.
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