Metals throughout human history

Metals Throughout Human History

Metal, the ideal material for a weapon

Metalworking could go back to a long time ago. As people say, what separates humans from animals is that humans can use tools for survival.

Human ancestors had used wooden sticks to defend or attack animals that were stronger and had sharper claws than humans. Humans are not the strongest creatures in the world apparently, but they are undoubtedly the most intelligent creatures on earth. Along with the times passing by, humans have produced a series of objects for combating the beasts. Such as the stonewall, which humans built to defend against the attack of beasts to safeguard them while sleeping at night. By the way, the stonewall is also a way to declare that they are the owner of that area. However, there is more than stonewall humans came out with, tons of equipment were invented for the battle as well.

Since society entered feudalism, humans had become the masters of the world, and they surrounded their cities with thick walls. This way, they didn't have to spend more energy on protecting themselves from wild beasts, but instead stepped into the era of fighting each other with humans. After countless attempts with various materials, it was discovered that metal was the ideal material for making durable and effective weapons. The inherent excellent physical properties of metal made it ideal for making weapons.

Wars came and went. They forged swords and built armor to increase their strength. Metals were regarded as necessary supplies for armies. The quality of an army's equipment greatly determined whether victory would come. There was also a range of weapons made of metal, such as axes and arrows, most of which were made of iron.

Even in hot weapons, they still preferred iron for things like guns or grenades.

Some special metals turned into currencies

Things are precious by their rarity. Rarity makes rare metals destined to be valuable. The first time people see gold and silver, they will be attracted by their gorgeous shiny appearance, and they will not change for a long time, but always retain the initial beautiful appearance. This is because they are not active metals and do not easily react chemically with other substances. The people of the world were attracted to the gorgeous metals and used them as general equivalents, exchanging them for any desired product.

Metal ventured into the area of art

By the time of the Renaissance, metal was heavily involved in the arts. The masters of the time sculpted metal statues and left the world with a large number of immeasurable masterpieces. Metal was seen as a material for making works of art. Not only did craftsmen come into contact with metal, but artists also became the main group of people who worked with metalwork. The masters used metals like bronze to create statues and make small artifacts like pocket watches. These masters are dedicated to sculpting metalwork and strive to create pieces that will gain some achievements and take the world's breath away.

Metal ventured into the area of art

At that time, craftsmen carved the objects by hand, piece by piece, which differed from the painting, it needed views of the structure and required the craftsmen to have much knowledge of the metals so that they could create an exceptional masterpiece.

Engraving is a craft that requires the engraver's undivided attention and good logical thinking skills. Metal engraving requires the engraver to have a good understanding of the properties of the metal, including chemical reactions, hardness, and other properties, so that the engraving can be carried out according to the engraver's intentions and achieve the desired results. Engraving requirements of the engraver are not only an engraver, but also need him to be a good painter.Additionally, an efficient and convenient engraving machine is required to enhance the beauty of their carvings and infuse artistic flair into the engraved patterns.

Apart from the world-famous bronze statues, rings are also one of the representatives that show metal craftsmanship. Rings have a long history and have been considered a status symbol since feudal times when they were only worn by nobles and wealthy merchants. A nobleman's metal ring is often engraved with a special family motif, and as a symbol of his status, the ring usually indicates which family the nobleman belongs to, and serves as a sign that the nobleman distinguishes himself from the commoners in addition to his costly garments. For example, in many novels, even if a displaced nobleman is wearing tattered clothes, a quick-witted person will be able to detect the respectability of the other person by the ring he is wearing. Later on, as the economy entered a new phase, ordinary people could afford to buy rings. Couples see the ring as an expression of their commitment and love for each other, and exchange rings at weddings to express their eternal love that will last as long as the ring. In some countries, people prepare silver and gold jewelry as wedding gifts for couples. Because gold and silver products are expensive luxuries, the value of the gift reflects their sincerity. By using gold and silver as gifts, it is hoped that their lives will shine like gold and silver.

The use of metal in modern life

Once people had a deep understanding of the properties of multiple metals, they relied on their characteristics and then used them on a case-by-case basis.

The advent of the steam age increased the efficiency of products. More and more handmade metal products could come out of the manufacturing machines quickly. People love metal products because they have properties that ordinary substances do not have. Metalwork is seen in people's lives to a greater or lesser extent. It can be said that a house that does not have metal products is an uncommon home. Metals are used as frames for many items such as cabinets or parts of iron beds because they are strong and have good stability. In today's information age, the use of metal has gone from strength to strength, with many digital technology products relying on the metal parts inside them to do their job.

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