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Posted: 23/04/2020 10:25:26
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The only mining/quarrying in Rugby is the cement works. My own suspicion is, as you suggest, is that the pick is railway related. The handle it came with was an improvised very battered piece of ash giving no clues. Whatever, still fun artefacts. IP: 82.6.105.102
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Posted: 23/04/2020 11:22:37
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speculator wrote:

The hammer head is so mushroomed and the claw so curled that I don't think any steel was ever involved. My feeling is that it was made from recycled iron in the days when that was common practice and I would love to see a modern smith make one from scratch.


Quite correct about the use of recycled iron. Nowadays, people look at a blacksmiths anvil and think that's how it always looked. In fact an anvil could be made up of half a dozen different pieces, all forge welded together.
Imagine the heat given off by a 400 lb anvil at welding temperature, a team of up to eight strikers would have to quickly "nip in" and deliver a sledgehammer blow, to keep the exposure to the heat to a minimum.



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