Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. WOotz steel is a steel characterized by a pattern of bands or sheets of micro carbides within a tempered martensite or pearlite matrix. IT was developed in India around 300 BC. THe word wootz may have been a mistranscription of wook, an anglicised version of ukku the word for steel in Kannada.ACcording to traditional history Wootz steel originated in India before the beginning of the common era. THere is archaeological evidence of the manufacturing process in South India from that time. WOotz steel was widely exported and traded throughout ancient Europe and the Arab world, and became particularly famous in the Middle East, where it became known as Damascus steel.