I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but if it's not please point me to the correct group.
Back in the fifties I recall heating the end of a 20 inch long piece of 1inch cold rolled steel bar stock in a blacksmith forge to red hot. On several occasions, instead of hammering the piece on an anvil I would plunge it into the water because someone asked me to do something else. On these occasions I noticed that the part that I was holding would seem to get much hotter faster when plunged versus when hammering on the piece. For some reason the heat traveled to the part I was holding faster when plunged versus being forged. Is there a scientific reason for what happened or has my memory deceived me? tnx
Back in the fifties I recall heating the end of a 20 inch long piece of 1