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4th Century Punch

Tim McCoy

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Saw this article about a 4th century steel punch - thought you would find it interesting too. Article says it was broken in use. Wonder if the guy was learning heat treating and got this one wrong??


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It was not a nail! Not likely heat treated either. More modern wrought iron can have up to 2 percent carbon so I do NOT see that as any evidence of steel making technology. Methinks the find is over hyped. It does not appear broken from what I can see in the picture either... could have been a chisel or caulking iron.

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