Author Archives: Rob Ellis


The Magical Electric Arc Furnace

By Rob Ellis | 29th August, 2017

While there are many techniques for creating, processing and refining steel, each one is a large industrial process that literally accounts for centuries of continued learning and experimentation. Some processes are discovered by applying new scientific principles, whilst others are careful adjustments of the way things have been done previously. One of the more modern ways of making steel is via the EAF – or Electric Arc Furnace. Although Electric Arc Furnace may sound like a 1970’s prog-rock band, EAF was actually started in the first decade of the 20th Century in the USA. The big US steel mills were still... [read more]

Was DeLorean Ahead of His Time? Or Are We heading Back to the Future?

By Rob Ellis | 1st August, 2017

Well, it’s 2017. As we know from the famous film trilogy, we’re two years overdue on our hoverboards, but the Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series. Possibly the most striking thing we find this year is the DeLorean DMC-12 is once again due to go into production. That’s right, the car that had its place in history cemented as a time machine was announced last summer as gearing up once again – but this time to be made in Texas rather than Northern Ireland. That iconic brushed stainless steel bodywork is going to appear off the assembly, gleaming... [read more]

A Fascinating Wander Through Steel’s History

By Rob Ellis | 4th July, 2017

We all know that the history of steel is interwoven with the history of the modern world, but it really goes so much deeper than that. Steel has been around for a great number of years and is just the latest stage of a long history of metallurgy – so we decided to take all of the interesting little tit-bits about steel that make us smile and put them into a blog! Firstly, steel could be a lot older than most people think. Although Yorkshire is often thought of as the beginnings of steel around Sheffield a few hundred years... [read more]

Mr Butcher, the… Master Cutler?

By Rob Ellis | 6th June, 2017

Yorkshire has always had a huge number of names that are intrinsically linked with the pioneering spirit and world-class metalwork. It’s hard to imagine how much history there is in this small area; places like Sheffield were literally world famous for cutlery, machinery and tool steels and it’s probably not too much of a stretch to say that Sheffield was to cutlery and tool steel what Silicon Valley in California is to tech innovation today. Oddly, it’s actually the United States that prompted much of the demand and success for Sheffield steel, with a huge requirement of everything from domestic... [read more]

Rust Does Not Give Steel an ‘Antique Feel’…

By Rob Ellis | 9th May, 2017

It’s the fear that lurks in the back of the mind for every classic car enthusiast… rust. Rust is one of those things that makes people of normally sound mind panic and invest incredible amounts of time and money stopping it from even appearing. The problem with rust is, you need to understand it in order to fight it effectively. Rust is just the common name of iron oxide. As iron makes up the biggest part of steel, oxidation can be a problem for large number of steel grades, too. Iron is so reactive with water it’s rarely found pure... [read more]