Web Date: November 16, 2006
Ancient Steel's Surprise Ingredient
Western Europeans first learned of Damascus steel's remarkable properties during the Crusades, when they encountered the ultra-high-carbon material of the swords and daggers carried into battle by their Muslim adversaries. They gravely noted the steel's strength and unparalleled sharpness—legend has it that a Damascus steel blade could slice through a silk handkerchief floating in midair. What they didn't know was that the steel had been enhanced with carbon nanotubes.
A team led by Peter Paufler, . . .
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