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Old 07-18-2013, 02:09 AM   #41
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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.
Right on I was going to use some carbon rebar but I think maybe Id like to try a RR spike. If anyone wants to sell one let me know.
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Right on I was going to use some carbon rebar but I think maybe Id like to try a RR spike. If anyone wants to sell one let me know.
Check ebay. You can usually get them for around a buck each when you buy a few (usually a dozen or two). Just make sure they are the high carbon kind, and watch out of the shipping on some of them. Some vendors have free shipping.
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Right on I was going to use some carbon rebar but I think maybe Id like to try a RR spike. If anyone wants to sell one let me know.
If you have any location you can LEGALLY access a railway there are usually plenty of old ones lying around near the gravel.

Keep in mind most all railway is private property with the company owning the easement. But there are so many miles of track near where I live that a lot of it is used by pedestrians everyday. When the train runs through the middle of town no way around it.
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After reading KimberFan's posts, I want to head to a " Hammer In " if I can find one in the area. I really enjoyed watching the bladesmiths and other forgers work their talents,, they are a lesson in metallurgy and also a display of history and a dying art. Thanks for jarring my memory.

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After reading KimberFan's posts, I want to head to a " Hammer In " if I can find one in the area. I really enjoyed watching the bladesmiths and other forgers work their talents,, they are a lesson in metallurgy and also a display of history and a dying art. Thanks for jarring my memory.
I took these at Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, AL:





The smith was a nice fella, putting up with my barrage of questions He explained that blacksmiths were a close knit group and that they have monthly meets and help each other out any way they can. It is a fascinating craft. I just don't have the time to devote to it.
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That looks interesting,, I remember years ago when Hammer-Ins were getting going well, although few and far in between, you would never know when a Master like Batson or Moran might show up which in itself was a highlight. I have read where some still travel but many are getting up in years and hopefully more young folks will take up the iron and continue the heritage.

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That Arkansas knife makers association has monthly hammer ins and also we have a few at some master smiths shops from time to time. You guys should look up the page online and look at some of these guys work. It is truly a great art form.

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Catalytic converter theft is a big deal everywhere. I won't use a mechanic that doesn't have a secure place to store vehicles. Thieves will pull into a parking lot with a generator and a couple sawsall's to get every converter on the lot. They will knock holes in gas tanks until they get as much gas as they can haul.

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