Jump to content

Metal detecting finds


Recommended Posts

There are generally excellent steel to make wedges for splitting wood from.

Whether a steel alloy is "good" or not depends on what you want to make from it and the properties those items need.  Just like gasoline is a terrible fuel for your car---if you have a diesel engine in your car.

Another example: is 1005 steel "good"?

        I want to do a repousse belt buckle; would 1005 steel be good? YES, the extremely low carbon would make it easy to work.

        I want to make a fillet knife; would 1005 steel be good?  NO!  Can't harden it, won't keep an edge and will take a set easily in use.

Spark test it; they are often medium carbon steel; though I have run into some mild ones. High carbon wedges are not a good thing due to their greater danger of cracking or spalling.  If they test as mid C then hammer heads would be "good" and knife blades not so "good".

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...