from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A famous type of steel from India, much admired for making sword blades.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of steel imported from the East Indies, valued for making edge tools; Indian steel. It has in combination a minute portion of alumina and silica.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name given to steel made in India by fusing iron with carbonaceous matter.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
And "adamas" is not so far removed, sound-wise, from "damasch" which would mean damascus steel and that material, also called wootz, was a very good steel, and extremely hard.
On the other hand, I suppose it would be technically possible to forge wootz steel into a helmet.
I think there are at least some gun barrels made from wootz steel, not only blades, but I can't remember the reference at the moment.
I'd learned enough about wootz, case-hardening, pattern-welding, tempering, and the rest to understand that this was high craftsmanship and to appreciate how much I didn't know.
The celebrated wootz or steel of India, made in little cakes of only about two pounds weight, possesses qualities which no European steel can surpass.
-- The manufacture of arms involved the use of steel, the method of tempering which was derived from the Hindus, by whom the _wootz_ was prepared, of which, the genuine blades of Damascus are shown to have been made, the beauty of their figuring being dependent on its peculiar crystallisation.
_beating_ cannon-balls into shape proves their incapacity to cast iron, unless it results from a peculiarity of the ore, so frequent in India, which, instead of yielding cast-iron at once when reduced in the usual way, gives wootz -- a condition of iron closely allied to steel, ductile but not fusible.
"I've a good revolver and my service sword -- a priceless old wootz steel tulwar.
Bardiel wootz. i wouldnt take command from them =) fwah fwah fwah~! sexciting~! den maybe can see internal conflicks in dat SAF riaos~! so sexcitings~ dunno those PLT under their new PC gots there OMGWTFBBQ why must i take your commands!? den fight outside~!