2019-07-23, 04:59 AM (ISO 8601)
Re: Got a Real-World Weapon, Armour or Tactics Question? Mk. XXVIII
The materials for steel are very easy to come by, though. There's iron pretty much all over the planet, whereas copper is much rarer and more localized. If you're equipping whole armies, you are likely to go with some variation of iron over a variation of bronze, even if it has its drawbacks. In the case of 'fully developed steel', presumably this includes full knowledge of how to take care of your steel and keep it from rusting unduly. It's not like the conquistadors switched to bronze in the tropics on arrival.
Originally Posted by Kiero
Edit: Just to put some numbers on it, about 5% of earth's crust is iron. Copper makes up less than 0.007%. That makes iron more than 700 times as common as copper.
Last edited by hymer; 2019-07-23 at 07:35 AM.