High-pressure torsion (HPT) is an important processing technique in which a disk is subjected to a high pressure with concurrent torsional straining. In principle at least, the imposed strain is zero at the center of the disk and a maximum at the outer edge. This difference suggests, therefore, that materials processed by HPT will exhibit considerable inhomogeneity. This paper describes the results obtained in a series of experiments which were designed to evaluate the evolution of homogeneity during the processing of two materials by HPT. It is demonstrated that it is possible to achieve a reasonable level of homogeneity in both materials but there are important differences which reflect the dependence of the microstructure on the occurrence of dynamic recovery.