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The scabbard is probably just as historically important as the sword itself... or more
9th century = 800's, so this sword is in the earlier estimate of the Ulfberht swords. Almost definitely the same metallurgical technology. Bookkeeping and record keeping weren't all that great back then.Many of the Ulfberht swords are found in Norway, which is interesting, but this sword is dated at 1200 years old, placing it around 817 A.D and the Ulfberht sword's earliest estimated between the 9th and 11th century.
Based on the article it leaves heads scratching, they haven't done any analysis on the sword yet or I didn't read the article correctly, which wouldn't surprise me.9th century = 800's, so this sword is in the earlier estimate of the Ulfberht swords. Almost definitely the same metallurgical technology. Bookkeeping and record keeping weren't all that great back then.
kvA critical factor, Dr. Wadsworth said, appears to have been that the wootz was processed at temperatures as high as 2,300 degrees. After being held there for days, it was cooled to room temperature over a day or so. It was then shipped to the Middle East for relatively low-temperature fabrication.
This moderate heat preserved enough carbide (in which three atoms of iron are mated to one of carbon) to give the blades great strength, yet not enough to make them brittle. The large carbide grains gave the blades their typical watery pattern.
One of thw most interesting articles on the subject that I've read in years... many thanks!Damascus or Wootz steel dates back 300 B.C.
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