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Hey there everyone im getting into blacksmithing and at work i have a lifetume supply of 1 7/16 cable that i plan to use to forge with, my only issue is its used and gets covered in tar, is this something i have to soak in acetone or will the forge burn it out without creating a molten mess in my forge and adding any extra fire hazards? Thank you guys.

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I suggest you read a bit before trying to forge your cable,  Just about anything written about  pattern welding talks about clean surfaces, so you asking about it here shows you have not read much about it,  Take a little time to read through the general smithing section of the forum, there is a lot for a beginner to learn about forge welding there

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