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Well, you could buy a tap and die set, and cut em with a die.

 

If you wanna be old fashioned, they'd twist, then cut with a file.  Another common practice was instead of screws, use a chisel to make little barbs into a spike so they wouldn't back out.  

 

A faster way to cheat is to buy them commercially, then forge the head to the desired decoration (after all, the other part will be in whatever you're making).

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Tough to cut a lag thread with a standard tap and die set.
Made thousands of special lags by cutting bolts and welding other heads on.
Specifically flatheads or grind letters iff the top and forge them into square heads. Be sure to size with a wrench.

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I here you about the coatings, I'm a little paranoid about my lungs. I like the twisted square stock like a spiral nail. I want to make some gate hardware and don't want to ruin the look with galvanized hardware. I guess I will buy and modify.

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Blacksmith bolt dot com sells all the fasteners you could ask for, and none of it is coated with nasty stuff you can't forge.  They even sell lag bolt blanks last time I looked.

 

For gate hardware, I always modify store-bought fasteners.

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