In answering the question "was the transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age violent?" I found out a few facts that I hadn't expected. Namely, that the early iron weapons weren't necessarily much better than the bronze weapons, and Roman officers would prefer to use bronze or steel. Also, steel had existed far earlier than I realized (particularly in the East), just that it was exceedingly rare.
So, I'm wondering how a steel sword compared with a bronze one. Were there any battles fought where one side was outfitted largely with steel, and the other exclusively bronze? Was the outcome as one-sided as I expect?
I'm mainly interested in Middle East / Far East / African examples. I know Europe had abandoned bronze long before it achieved steel. And in the New World the Incas had mastered bronze but were defeated by the Conquistadors, but they also had guns, germs, and horses.