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JHC, I have seen old rasps turned in to draft shoes in a pinch. I don't imagine that work hardening is an issue, wear is, the toe will wear to a knife edge and the nail holes waller out. 

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Modern steels are all slick as snot on pavement, in my experiance. As Frank once pointed out Mexicans like that hard, nasty to forge cheep rebar for shoes. 

 

A friend of mine was in Romania visiting with farriers and they were making them out of rebar there too. 

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I was touching on a few posts there. Didn't make that overly clear. 

Fast-moving multi-faceted discussions can lose clarity quickly. No worries.

 

 I have seen old rasps turned in to draft shoes in a pinch.

Must help keep the roads smooth.

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1/2" round stock is easy to forge into shoes, and rebar is easy to find. 

Round mashes down to 3/4x5/16 for fullerd shoes easy and it's required for forging rim shoes. 

Excellent bit of info on the stock size. Thanks

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I have acquired some borium rods from my ferrier who wanted me to try to forge a hardened blade on one of these knives. 

I'm fairly certain borium is tungsten carbide suspended in softer metal, usually steel , but sometimes brass. Is it even possible to forge? I've seen videos where they try to forge a tungsten carbide drill bit with mildly explosive results. 

I like the idea, but I don't like shrapnel.

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What are "borium rods"? A brand or trade name? Look it up on a farrier supply site then look for an analysis for forging characteristics.

And NO you can NOT forge tungsten carbide anythings.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Borium is tungsten carbide in a steel matrix, we usualy use drill tech now as it's a brass matrix and you can braze it on with a forge. MFC uses copper pipe to form little packages of Tungsten  carbide. 

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Ah, the horse shoe traction aids. I was associated with a farrier once who couldn't forge braze without filling the whole shop with zinc oxide smoke. It's a wonder he's alive, we used to just go have lunch or something.

Not forgable, no question.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Sorry, none at all. A lot of us are pretty hopeless, welcome to the club. :)

Frosty The Lucky.

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