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Offline JEB

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? for metal smith's
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:42:27 pm »
I would like to make some flint strikers but don't have a forge.  Can I buy some 1/4" metal stock and use a MAP gas torch to heat and bend the 1/4" stock.  And if so, then what would I do? 

Maybe someone can do a "how to" for us that don;t have all the correct equipment and any knowledge of this craft.

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Offline bubby

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 04:08:55 pm »
If you use a hi carbon steel, the stuff that you get at the stores is low carbon and won't harden. If you can get an old USA made file that should work,  have you got a charcoal grill? That and a hair drier will get you plenty hot
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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 04:30:25 pm »
You can go to the scrap yard and find some decent steel for strikers even old railroad spikes work great. Just make sure you harden that steel back up :)
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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 04:35:42 pm »
Jeb I've got some RR spikes.
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Offline bubby

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 04:38:29 pm »
I have been making some pendant strikers, I might be able to make a few and take pics this weekend
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Offline Trapper Rob

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 04:51:48 pm »
I use hay rake tines.

Offline JEB

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 05:00:18 pm »
Thanks for the replies. I can get all the old spikes I want. problem is they are kind if big. The hay fork tine use sounds good as they are already small. 

I would still need to know what to do maybe someone could start a how to from start to finish.

Offline osage outlaw

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 05:20:29 pm »
Would some old round files work?  You could anneal them and harden them after shaping
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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 05:23:28 pm »
Thanks for the replies. I can get all the old spikes I want. problem is they are kind if big. The hay fork tine use sounds good as they are already small. 

I would still need to know what to do maybe someone could start a how to from start to finish.

They make better knives.

But you would have to cut it lengthwise then Aneal, shape, then a hot oil quench to harden it back up. Then brush a file over it and if it glides across without biting in then your good:)
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Offline dylanholderman

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 08:31:30 am »
Iíd use a old file railroad spikes donít have much carbon in them maybe something like 1045

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« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2018, 08:35:32 am »
Yes Clint old round files will work
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Offline KHalverson

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2018, 01:00:41 pm »
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Offline JEB

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Re: ? for metal smith's
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2018, 03:11:52 pm »
Thanks Kevin, Will take you p on the help.