Will steel cut iron?

Okay, a little history lesson, there were several ages of materials used in weapons, starting with stone, then bone, then copper, then bronze, then iron, then to steel. Right now, our strongest material is titanium.  According to historians, bronze stood up pretty well against iron, that iron simply held an edge longer that bronze. Now we have steel. It holds an edge pretty well, so would it cut an iron sword in half in a fight?  Or would the iron sword block it and keep going? 

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    1 month ago

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  • bluto
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    While materials helped the tempering process for steel changed its stregth and structure. While steel could pierce or “cut” through other materials it depends on the weapon that you are talking about. 

    Also the skill of the user would be paramount. And in a fight one material is not wedged and set in a manner that is optimal to “cut through”. 

    Also contrary to popular belief combatants didn’t just stand there and bash weapons together. If you created optimal conditions for steel weapon 1 over steel weapon 2 (like it’s held still in a vice) then weapon 1 will likely cut weapon 2 of the same material. Combat is messy and the opponent is not going to be using his weapon in a manner that provides for optimal breakage.

  • 1 month ago

    No. Yes, an Iron sword is more brittle than than an bronze or steel but it's not glass.  In the end of a chunk of iron is still a chunk of iron. You're not slicing through a bar of iron that with a steel sword. It's iron. Hammer long enough at an iron sword with a steel one and it will blend before it breaks. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The ages of materials had to do with the tools made not the weapons (although the one followed the other).

    You can use water to cut through steel and iron.

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That would depend on the iron and the steel used and how well each sword was made. Iron swords tend to be more brittle and have a better chance of breaking than a well made steel sword. But steel sword break too. The odds of a steel sword cutting an iron sword in half are very small. If you had a thin iron sword and something like a steel zweihänder then maybe but most likely they would bend instead of break.

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