Illustration from Fireworks Book

Karen Watts

Karen Watts is Senior Curator of Art and Armour at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.

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First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.

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