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For the fashion-conscious warrior, rocking some iron ornamentation generally posed a problem if your culture was only in its Bronze Age. Before mining technology allowed for the ready harvesting of iron ore, one of the few sources for this durable metal was the bits that plummeted from the sky: meteoric iron.
Originally posted by tilpah
Nah, he just designed a great strong knife fit for purpose, just like Fairburn Sykes and the guys from that era knew how to use them.
Bit off topic, but so does this guy! Gurka brings a knife to a gunfight
Originally posted by badgerprints
As far as using the metal from a meteorite.....it could happen. It's not likely he had a lot of meteorites to work with though.
What he said; this here is good and acurate info.
Originally posted by ANNED
Meteorites are a high nickel iron and would make a good blade if done properly.
Japanese swords are made from magnetic black sands from stream beds or beaches that likely contain meteorite dust. also naturally occurring chromium and manganese
Japanese swords are made of low carbon steel core with a high carbon steel ("Tamahagane"steel possibly with a low nickel content from the meteorite dust and naturally occurring chromium ) hammered and folded over the low carbon steel core.
Likely a high Nickel and manganese steel mix would add to its tensile strength.
If James Black mixed part meteorite nickel iron with iron from black magnetic sands high and used that to form his steel it would have been a almost unbreakable knife.
Many blacksmiths in that time period used what ever iron and steel they could get and if a farmer turned up a nickel iron meteorite when he plowed up his field he would have traded it to a blacksmith for work on his farm equipment,
All blacksmiths had there secret recipes for steels and most would have known about meteorite nickel iron and how to make nickel Crucible steel(Maraging steels) from meteorite nickel iron.
Knife makers were some of the best blacksmiths in those days only topped by gun makers
One 100 pound meteorite could have been broken up and used to make a 1000+ pounds of good nickel steel by adding it to iron from other sources with other properties.edit on 4-2-2011 by ANNED because: (no reason given)
wiki James Black
Black lived on a local plantation for a couple of years until Dr. Isaac Newton Jones took him into his home. Black lived with the Jones family for the next 30 years. Black attempted to pass on his knife-making secrets to Daniel Webster Jones, but unfortunately could not remember the technique. Jones would later become Governor of Arkansas. James Black died on 22 June 1872 in Washington, Arkansas.
The Bart Moore knife is a claimant for the title of Bowie's Alamo knife. The Moore family asserts that an old Mexican soldier, who claimed to have participated in the storming of the Alamo, gave the knife to Mr. Moore's grandfather. The soldier supposedly retrieved the knife from where it lay by one of the funeral pyres and had kept it for many years. He offered it to Mr. James F. Moore as payment for a five-dollar debt.
The Moore Knife is a Clip point blade 8-1/4" long with iron furniture and an oak handle that appears to have been replaced. The blade has "J. Bowie" scratched on one side and the initials J.B. on the other. This knife not only claims to be the Alamo Bowie, but also the knife made by Arkansas blacksmith James Black from Bowie's original idea. Black claimed to have made two knives, one as Bowie requested and one of Black's own design. Bowie chose Black's design over his own.
The Saunders museum in Berryville, Arkansas has another knife that James Black supposedly made for Rezin Bowie as a presentation knife. It has a 6-1/2" clip point blade and finely made hardwood coffin handles attached by six pins with a silver wrapped pommel, silver bolster and escutcheons. The blade is engraved "Made and Presented To His Friend Capt. Thos. Tunstall by Col. Bowie - White River - Arkansas Ter. Near Batesville - 1833". This is a well-made and finely detailed knife with engraving similar to the inscription on the Schivley/Perkins knife. This leads some authorities to speculate that it could be another Schively crafted blade.
A knife like Bowies.
The San Jacinto Museum has a spear point Bowie on display that Madame Candaleria alleges she took from the Alamo and later gave to the family of Sam Houston. Candaleria claimed that she was the nurse of James Bowie during the Alamo siege and took it from his body after his death. The English-made knife is marked W. & S. Butcher. It has a six-inch blade with a small nickel cross guard and is fitted with stag scale handles. There is also a second Alamo Bowie given by Candaleria to Charles Campbell of San Antonio who displayed it in his drug store.