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Metallographic investigation of a Toledo-steel sword


Salinas, M and Criado jr, A and Ramos, V and Arevalo, R and Chamon, J and Dietz, C and Martinez, J and Criado, A, Metallographic investigation of a Toledo-steel sword, Praktische Metallographie-Practical Metallography, 44 pp. 172-181. ISSN 0032-678X (2007) [Refereed Article]

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The present article examines the metallographic structure of a parade sword which was manufactured in the Royal Manufactory of Toledo, Spain, around the year 1851. The sword formed part of a cavalry officer‘s uniform. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) were employed for an examination. It was possible to demonstrate the outstanding workmanship in the manufacture of the sword, which consisted of two steels of different carbon contents which were welded together by hot forging. This also explains the excellent mechanical properties of the sword and the top-class historical reputation of weapons for cut and thrust from the Royal Manufactory of Toledo.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Toledo steel, 19th century
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Macromolecular and materials chemistry
Research Field:Theory and design of materials
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Dietz, C (Dr Christian Dietz)
ID Code:84852
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Central Science Laboratory
Deposited On:2013-06-04
Last Modified:2013-09-10
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