Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
Is it possible that the tests did not fully capture the field value of a wootz blade? I see pattern welded blades as being very similar to wootz (at least the highly folded examples, like nihonto) in the matrixed nature of the metal - I guess that question is whether that coarse physical matrix has any properties that are not embodied by a highly precise modern alloy (which is a molecular matrix, but would seem to have very different properties).
my meandering thoughts on wootz, other than the sheer beauty of the weapons made with it.