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07-04-2010, 12:33 PM
I was trying to make a couple of minature carving blades. I was reading in the carving book that the guy used a common nails to make his. I heated the nail and shaped on my anvil, filed and then tried to harden, heated to a red bright red and quenched in oil three seperate times which was what the author suggested. they are still soft, and didn't harden as I thought they should? should I have used mason nails? Any help for a newbe would be appreciated. thanks

Ernie Swanson
07-04-2010, 07:22 PM
As far as I know common nails will not heat treat or get hard.

I dont know about every nail but I dont think any nail or screw will harden.

Maybe some of the pros will chime in!!

07-04-2010, 08:26 PM
You can buy W1 Drill rod at most machine shop and industrial 'fastener suppliers.
The small sizes are dirt cheap.

If not that, then try finding some black Grade 8 Screws (Bolts)

Justin King
07-05-2010, 07:48 AM
Masonry nails or cut-nails will harden, but you would probably be better off just using drill rod so you don't have to wonder.

07-05-2010, 01:26 PM
Thanks, now I have something to work with. I guess even though its printed in a book it can still be wrong thanks again H