In the third mistborn book the main characters get their hands on some Aluminium from a set of cutlery from a noble's house.
It is stated that is is incredibly rare and valuable, much more so than gold. I don't recall how it compared the Atium (did they make a comparison?)
This makes sense - Aluminium is really hard to refine.
To my surprise, Native Aluminium can be found naturally occuring, so that explains where it comes from. (Is that the explaination given in the book?)
Indeed I suspect Native Aluminum nuggets would be of a reasonable size for burning.
But how is it shaped into cutlery?
You can't heat it, or it will ignite. (That the reason we use MIG welding today),
So how was it shaped?
(I honestly can't remember if the book went in to this. Did they have to find large pieces and cold forge it? It seems like Aliminum would be too brittle for that.)
So my three questions:
In the original Mistborn trilogy, (Misborn - the Final Empire)
- How was the raw Aluminum produced? (native nuggets?)
- How was Aluminium shaped into objects
- How does the value of Aluminum compare to Atium?