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WROUGHT IRON Cut nails

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A cut nail made from wrought iron

We can make cut nails from Wrought Iron.

All wrought iron nails are made suitable for clinching when possible, but the poor quality of the old wrought iron supplied to us can cause problems. It is important that potential customers are aware of this issue.

Nails can be made from 35mm x 3.2mm (1 3/8" x 1/8") up to 100mm x 6mm (4" x 1/4"). The shape can be from -

  • our existing range of nails

  • other older designs - such as a Clout Nail with its flat head

  • the customer's own required design which is often an old nail removed from a particular building being restored (please supply a sample, picture or drawing)

When nails were handmade, they were made of wrought iron.  Today, handmade nails are tend to be formed by a blacksmith from mild steel.

The wrought iron cut nails are made from re-rolled puddled wrought iron plate.

The material is presented red hot to the cut nail machine which then puts the metal under pressure when forming the shank and head. As the process is not too dissimilar from a blacksmith working the wrought iron in a fire, the finished nail has the same colour and clinching properties (subject to the quality of the material) as a handmade iron nail.

There are said to be two main benefits to using iron nails. 

  • The use of accurate material for restoration work i.e. replacement of existing iron nails.

  • Some people argue that wrought iron has a slower rate of corrosion compared to nails made from mild steel, as evidenced by the many items of wrought iron work still around today which can be anything up to 300 years old, but others disagree.

If the nails are left untreated, they will corrode in time. If further protection is felt necessary painting or oiling on a regular basis is evidently recommended. On no account should these nails be galvanised as this can damage the iron.

 

Notes

'Puddled' wrought iron is a mixture of nearly pure iron with up to 5% siliceous (glassy) slags, which take the form of linear fibres - giving the metal its characteristic grain. This material is mass-produced iron from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

For handmade wrought iron nails try blacksmiths Chris Topp & Co.

You can learn more about iron from the The Real Wrought Iron Company.

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