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royce unruh

ideas on a twisted rr spike please

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i have one rr spike thats twisted i am guessing it was used kind of like a screw so it wouldnt work loose as fast but idk what to do with it i dont really want to mess up the twist but i can and will if i dont think of other ideas.

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Some spikes are manufactured with a twist in the shaft.  I have seen these around old bridges/trestles.  Not sure exactly why they were made that way but they were.  The ones that I have seen were a pretty fast lead (small number of twists) and appear to have been intended to use like a drive screw.  You could heat them and untwist them... or twist them more... or forge them as is leaving part or none of the twists... Or partially forge the twists... really unlimited, do as you like with them!  Those that I have found were smaller than standard spikes... seem to be special purpose fasteners.

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BFN thats what it is i did a little research after posting and i learned they are used in concrete ties. mine is close to the normal size but the head is completely round

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Hard to say what you could make out of it without a picture.  Here's a bottleopener I made yesterday, maybe you could do something similar.

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While figuring out what to do with it, I wonder if you could use it in your vise to shape a thin rod into a corkscrew.

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