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The more rapidly the metal was cooled, the harder it became. Of course, the armorer wanted the finished armor to be strong and hard. Some armor was case-hardened, the same process used for mail. The carbon from the charcoal turns the outside of the iron into steel, and the layer of steel thickens as the process continues. Eventually the metal would become steel right through, but that off the edge Making a Steel Helmet THE ARMORER AND HIS CRAFT 37 hard and strong but it can also be very brittle.

This kind of plate could resist greater blows and was less likely to crack or split than if it had been allowed to become all steel. Another method for hardening iron was to smear the piece with did not produce the best armor. Steel is The iron was then wrapped in strips of goatskin, covered and heated for a long time. Carbon would very slowly hog's lard. in clay, diffuse into the iron, increasing the carbon content of the piece. could also be hardened by quenching, a method in which the ironsmith plunged the red-hot metal into liquid.

He could deliver a devastating blow to his enemy because his rigidly held lance had the momentum of both man and charging horse behind it. An entire line of knights charging this way seemed unstoppable. The effectiveness of the most fearsome weapons of the time, like the four-foot battle axe, could be overcome by a cavalry charge with couched lances. Knights needed skill and training to carry out such a charge effectively. They had to learn to hold the lance steady while controlling a galloping horse, and they had to be able to work together as a unit.

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