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Old 07-17-2013, 09:27 PM   #31
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If any of them say HC on top of them I would be interested in buying those that do.
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I actually have a forge I have yet to use (haven't had time, so it's been sitting around for a couple years). I found some spikes for sale that supposedly have a high carbon content. What should I do to treat them?
Judging Griffin81 by his avatar and his mention of the "HC" mark, he might be somebody to ask about the knife making.
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There is a "kid" (I think he is about 20 now) here in Texas that makes some pretty cool custom knives from RR spikes. He has honed his blacksmithing skills since high school to make himself a nice niche in the market.

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You have some? Is mild steel carbon steel ? Id like one to forge into a fixed blade knife . How much ?

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C3Shooter mentioned that this type of metal is going for maybe 8 cents a pound. He's right Now, if someone wants to sweat all day, and bust their nuts trying to pull 50 RR spikes out of the tracks worth maybe 4 bucks, they should probably let them.

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C3Shooter mentioned that this type of metal is going for maybe 8 cents a pound. He's right Now, if someone wants to sweat all day, and bust their nuts trying to pull 50 RR spikes out of the tracks worth maybe 4 bucks, they should probably let them.
When I was looking into them, most people said that they were just lying on the side of the tracks.
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right but some people mentioned on this thread that they could not be sold because they might have been puled up from the tracks.

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Judging Griffin81 by his avatar and his mention of the "HC" mark, he might be somebody to ask about the knife making.
I have one of his earlier knives. He definitely has talent and knows his stuff. You've seen his knife thread haven't you?

I believe the "HC" mark on the spikes means high carbon. Those are the good ones. I also have an old piece of spring steel that would probably make a decent knife.
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There is a "kid" (I think he is about 20 now) here in Texas that makes some pretty cool custom knives from RR spikes. He has honed his blacksmithing skills since high school to make himself a nice niche in the market.
I love hearing things like this....for awhile, I was beginning to think the craft was going to fade away.
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I have one of his earlier knives. He definitely has talent and knows his stuff. You've seen his knife thread haven't you?

I believe the "HC" mark on the spikes means high carbon. Those are the good ones. I also have an old piece of spring steel that would probably make a decent knife.
Your spring steel piece is probably a 1095 carbon steel, it'll do fine for a blade
if you just follow the same routine on finishing it out. Enjoy the forging!
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I love hearing things like this....for awhile, I was beginning to think the craft was going to fade away.
That's what I've heard for years. I did a little research yesterday and it seems the craft is still alive and well.

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Your spring steel piece is probably a 1095 carbon steel, it'll do fine for a blade
if you just follow the same routine on finishing it out. Enjoy the forging!
Thanks, I'm not entirely sure exactly what I want yet, but I have an idea.
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