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Old 08-23-2019, 09:39 AM
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Default Is this wrought iron?

I got this big old chain from my dad right before he died. No idea where he got it, but thought it would look good displayed with some other iron pieces outside my shop door. I've always noticed that the steel looks kind of "layered" like wrought iron is. What do you all think?
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:33 PM
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It's possible but I doubt it. Those small grooves seem to be only on the outside of the chain where it would experience wear from running through rollers or something like that. From the pictures I don't see any markings on the inner surfaces or the ends of the chain. The only way to know for sure is to cut a link open and work it with a little heat. True wrought iron tends to have a somewhat "fibrous" appearance to it. Compare it to a similar chunk of mild steel and the difference is quite noticeable.

I just posted a comment in this thread about wrought iron. I haven't seen real wrought iron around here for decades. When I first started working for myself in early 70s you could find the occasional piece but it wasn't common. Even then it was highly prized by blacksmiths; especially the old-timers who had worked with it a lot in their younger days...

Measure twice and cut once...or...wait, was that the other way around?
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Old 08-23-2019, 01:40 PM
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I've wondered about anchor chain for a while, whether or not it is/was wrought iron, cast iron or hot rolled steel. I worked on a job in Nome over one winter that had old anchor chain strung out in the laydown yard out the back door. This chain was so weathered that it looked like sandblasted wood, with the grain running in the direction of the link. Should have took a photo, but I was young and dumb at the time.

Speaking of anchors, there is a beach in Portugal dedicated to "An Army Of Dead Anchors".
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It sure is wrought iron. The best way to tell is to split it and see how it peels away or do a spark test (no bursts).

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