Science Finally Solves “The Riddle Of Steel”

“…when carbon, which forms strong directional bonds, is introduced into an iron crystal, the presence of the directional carbon-iron bonds makes the resulting alloy harder, stronger, and less ductile than pure iron.”
— Zumdahl & DeCoste, Introductory Chemistry, p 464

Conan the Barbarian's father

Conan’s father posing “The Riddle Of Steel”, from Conan The Barbarian (1982). Image from