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elevator cable for forging?

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I got ahold of a bunch ,75 feet or so, of elevator cable tonight. Most of it is cut into short lengths to be trimmed to the desired piece later. Turns out its not solid, according to my friend the elevator repairman, none of it is. It has a jute rope core, which would leave a 1/4 hollow in the center. Is this forgable? anyone have experience with Elevator cable. Please let me know.

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I have seen this type of cable forged into knives although I have never done it myself. You can either pull the rope out or you can burn it out. IIRC, the person pulled the rope out before putting the piece in the fire.
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You could also replace the rope with a section of 1/4" left lay cable for a bit more pattern. It may be a PITA finding left lay cable in 1/4" though.

Welcome aboard, lots of soot covered ferrets in your neck O' the woods.


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