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bronze vs steel
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2017, 11:30:44 PM »
FYI
Steel replaced bronze [Bronze Age to Iron Age] not because iron/steel is so much better or stronger than bronze; in fact, bronze swords were in many ways superior to iron or steel swords. However, iron ore is vastly more abundant than deposits of copper. And on top of that, iron swords were much more easily repaired, something an army appreciates enormously.

Good luck finding a bronze trowel... but it would be a treasure, for sure.

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Re: bronze vs steel
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2017, 04:42:35 PM »
FYI
Steel replaced bronze [Bronze Age to Iron Age] not because iron/steel is so much better or stronger than bronze; in fact, bronze swords were in many ways superior to iron or steel swords. However, iron ore is vastly more abundant than deposits of copper. And on top of that, iron swords were much more easily repaired, something an army appreciates enormously.

Good luck finding a bronze trowel... but it would be a treasure, for sure.
There is a place in the UK that sells bronze tools, which IIRC are about 90 -95% (or greater) copper, and their watering can is 100% copper.  They do have a few distributors in the U.S.  They are (from memory) kupferspuren.at and if that's not correct, I'll edit this with a correction.

I did buy a couple of trowels and have found them to be far superior to steel tools, even the "high-carbon" steel trowels.  The seem stronger, and over the years I've never found/used a steel trowel that I didn't eventually bend or break out of its mooring.  If the bronze one comes out of its handle, it will get a new handle.

Another bonus with bronze tools is that in a heavy-duty bombardment with all kinds of electromagnetic "stuff", bronze should be unaffected, whereas, according to Jim Farmer, steel has been known to explode.  I also imagine that if it did not explode, there would be many scenarios in which the steel might disintegrate into its component elements:  iron, nickel, chromium and whateve else, if the force or field is strong enough.

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Re: bronze tools
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2017, 11:29:34 PM »
There is a place in the UK that sells bronze tools, which IIRC are about 90 -95% (or greater) copper, and their watering can is 100% copper.
OMG! I had no idea this is a thing!

Google is ur friend...
TheWonderfulGardenCompany and Implementations (in the UK) are actually selling bronze tools...

Thank you Ilinda! [Karma added]

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Re: Misc. Items
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2017, 01:17:38 AM »
That's awesome.
I love google.

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Re: bronze tools
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2017, 04:11:25 PM »
There is a place in the UK that sells bronze tools, which IIRC are about 90 -95% (or greater) copper, and their watering can is 100% copper.
OMG! I had no idea this is a thing!

Google is ur friend...
TheWonderfulGardenCompany and Implementations (in the UK) are actually selling bronze tools...

Thank you Ilinda! [Karma added]
If you EVER see a bronze scythe blade, please yell, as that's on my short list but haven't seen any yet.  Surely it wouldn't be all that different from a bronze sword.!  Both need to be as sharp as bronze can be made, and once you have the blade, you can makeshift some sort of snath or handle.  That would be the easy part.

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Re: bronze scythes
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2017, 11:35:47 PM »
If you EVER see a bronze scythe blade, please yell
Hmmm... no "scythe" but 'small scythe', yeah, in the links provided.
Sure, it'll 'break yer back' but better than nothin', right?

Will keep an eye out.

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Re: bronze scythes
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If you EVER see a bronze scythe blade, please yell
Hmmm... no "scythe" but 'small scythe', yeah, in the links provided.
Sure, it'll 'break yer back' but better than nothin', right?

Will keep an eye out.
Did you watch the video of the person sharpening the sickle?  Didn't it appear to be a steel "hammer" that was doing the tapping (peening?)?  And wasn't the under-surface also steel?

 

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