Metallurgic properties of weapons throughout cultures
How did the metallurgic properties of historical weapons vary between different cultures and time periods? edit
Were Japanese Katanas folded to compensate for deficiencies in the metal? what kind of ore did Japanese smiths have access to?
Did European countries like Germany have higher quality ore for higher quality swords like Montantes or Longswords? did they use the same metal for swords as they did for armor? How much ore was each country able to mine? was there ever a shortage of materils?