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In a world with modern day scientific capabilities, would it be at all possible to create an alloy with a combination of both iron and silver that is usable within weaponry such as knives or swords or arrowheads as well as within chains or restrains or in the building of smaller structures? It would need to be both strong and durable. Magic is available in the world, so physical limitations aren't neccessarily relevant.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wait, so you want to know if this alloy is any good without magic? You have magic, however, so you can magically improve any properties you don't like: this makes the real world Ag/Fe alloy kinda pointless, doesn't it? $\endgroup$ – PipperChip Oct 12 '16 at 19:11
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    $\begingroup$ The silver content will greatly improve the corrosion resistance of the iron, throw in some carbon (i.e. dunk glowing hot metal in oil) and bingo, you have something with properties that resembles stainless steel (although SS uses chrome and nickel rather than silver but anyway) $\endgroup$ – Samwise Oct 12 '16 at 20:12
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    $\begingroup$ Chemistry.sx exists. $\endgroup$ – Martin Schröder Oct 12 '16 at 22:37
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I googled it, and the answer is yes, you can alloy them. Of course, that particular link is to an alloy which is very biased towards silver, so it would not be durable. Other alloys can be found. The alloy in that link is mostly iron, but was noticeably more corrosion resistant. This suggests that most anything you can do with iron can be done with an iron/silver alloy, simply by keeping the silver content low.

Of course, once you start pushing into the higher levels of durability, such as what you want from steel, it becomes harder. Needless to say, metallurgists spend a lot of time figuring out what works and what doesn't, so you are unlikely to find many alloys which perform better than the ones we actually use.

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    $\begingroup$ Afaik there are not many metallurgists who research the perfect alloy for imprisoning vampires... and it appears to me that the OP is trying just that. $\endgroup$ – Burki Oct 13 '16 at 14:02
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Note that for most combinations you don't even need to alloy them. Use the Damascus approach, just with different metals. So long as there is a temperature at which all the metals can be worked and none of them will react badly with the others (which shouldn't be a problem with iron/silver/gold) you can make items which work against any metal-vulnerable creature even if the metals will not actually alloy.

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Not just vamps, leaning towards demons and fallen ones. I too am looking to find an alloy for sword, knives and tips I was figuring on an electrum alloy (maybe 1-2 ounces needed... small amount), mixed with iron and charcoal............ theoretically, it should bear a durable blade, made of electrum-steel, folded over and over Damascus style.... for those who do not know, electrum is an alloy made with equal parts of pure gold and pure silver.... Sterling works too, that 7.5% copper difference just helps to strengthen it. Perfect blade for demons, vamps. Lychens.... you get the drift

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  • $\begingroup$ The folding was originally done in order to remove impurities. Now it is done with mixing different alloys for esthetic reasons. $\endgroup$ – NomadMaker Nov 22 '20 at 17:28

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