Materials: Carbon nanotubes in an ancient Damascus sabre

@article{Reibold2006MaterialsCN,
  title={Materials: Carbon nanotubes in an ancient Damascus sabre},
  author={M. Reibold and P. Paufler and A. Levin and W. Kochmann and N. P{\"a}tzke and D. C. Meyer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={444},
  pages={286-286}
}
  • M. Reibold, P. Paufler, +3 authors D. C. Meyer
  • Published 2006
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The steel of Damascus blades, which were first encountered by the Crusaders when fighting against Muslims, had features not found in European steels — a characteristic wavy banding pattern known as damask, extraordinary mechanical properties, and an exceptionally sharp cutting edge. Here we use high-resolution transmission electron microscopy to examine a sample of Damascus sabre steel from the seventeenth century and find that it contains carbon nanotubes as well as cementite nanowires. This… CONTINUE READING
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