- Feb 2011
In which case that no longer sounds like creating high carbon steel products directly from a bloomery, but low carbon bloom iron that's eventually recarburized into a finished product (a process that I already described, first by forging the low carbon bloom into a transportable bar shape). You need a finery forge to convert finished high carbon steel (pig/cast iron bars, made possible by melting them and pouring them into a 'bar' mold) into something forgeable. There are other ways but finery forges were the earliest practical way I know of.So what? There are plenty of ways to decarburise it. The easiest is to simply toss it back into the smelter with another charge of ore.