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Re: Blacksmiths
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david weaver
You're probably right - george's experience likely predates that.

I'd bet historically, a blacksmith would've done that bolster quickly. I wonder how they did it? did they have a fixture to hammer it to shape and then hand finish it?

I have thought about hammering some stock out and then doing excessive finish work to remove the hammering, and then cut and grind the bolster out, but it would be a waste of time. My experience with the properly oriented ground stock from domestic sources is that it's as good as anything I've ever used - at least in terms of oil hardening steel. It's fine grained, tough and doesn't retain it's wire edge too stubbornly.

I don't know anything about the process used to make it, though - how it's refined. As little as i know about forging (other than just hammering steel into rough shape - not with enough skill to do it without a lot of grinding, etc), I'd probably only make it worse than it already is.

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