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Meeting 2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Bladesmithing Symposium 2016
Presentation Title Connections: Superplasticity, Damascus Steels, Laminates, the Giza Pyramid, and Carbon Dating
Author(s) Jeffrey Wadsworth
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Jeffrey Wadsworth
Abstract Scope In the mid-1970’s, a race was underway to develop superplasticity in steels. This talk will describe how that research program led to a series of investigations into historical materials starting with Damascus Steels. Subsequently, a wide range of monolithic and laminated steel weapons (e.g., Indonesian krises, the Japanese sword, adze blades) were examined and several intriguing issues investigated. For example, in an attempt to resolve the controversy surrounding the metallurgical origins of a unique laminated iron plate, found in an air channel in the Great Pyramid of Giza in 1837, a program on carbon dating of ancient steels was initiated. In another case, a mystery surrounding certain knives made in the U.S. in the 1920’s was explored and a solution arrived at using modern research. In this presentation, the archaeometallurgy of swords and knives will be discussed starting with the early development of wood, bone, horn, and stone knives and evolving to the present time where modern Bladesmiths use an astonishing range of sophisticated materials and manufacturing methods.
Proceedings Inclusion? Undecided


A New Decorative Steel: Cryo-quenched Fe-Ni-Cr Alloy Single Crystals
A Study on the Reproduction of Genuine Damascus Steel Blades
Accumulative Roll Bonding
Characterization and Thermomechanical Processing of a Modified Skinner Knife with Modern Pattern Welded Steel
Characterization of the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of AEB-L Stainless Steel through Different Heat Treatments
Connections: Superplasticity, Damascus Steels, Laminates, the Giza Pyramid, and Carbon Dating
Forging and evaluation of non-ferrous blades
From Ore to More: Bloom to Blade
Going Berserk: The Making of a Viking Sword
Heat Treatment Optimization and Fabrication of a 440C Knife
JJ-1: Experimenting with Damascus Steel: Forging and Metallurgical Characterization
Making the First Sword
Material Design, Processing, and Characterization of Hand-Forged 5160 Spring Steel Sword
Optimization of Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Knife Blade Alloys
Pattern Welded Steel Using Commercially Available Steel
Simulated Meteoric Blade
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Bladesmithing Team
The Creation of the Sword “Berkelium” through Authentic Saxon Sword Manufacturing Techniques
University of North Texas Bladesmithing Submission

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