- Dec 2009
If it's been work hardened, it performs acceptably well. Though that only seems to apply to plate. Roman (and later Medieval) maille was also made from wrought iron, but in the drawing and coiling process it became work hardened. They then had to reverse this process, as it seems that maille that hasn't been work hardened and is softer performs better than if it was steel or put through any hardening process.Thank you for the answer; but to follow up will high carbon iron do the job/has it been tested?
Conventional wisdom has always been the iron makes poor armor so I am genuinely curious.