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Brian, that is an easy question to answer. I left the cap off of this flux and came back several days later and every piece of iron turned rusty. You can't imagine how overjoyed I was.
I was taught to heat treat and temper my gravers when I was apprenticing to learn stone setting, but I also did not have the cash to buy gravers back then, so I made my own gravers.
Used to do it, used to bend all my liners too.
Not so much anymore...
As Sam said - that was back in the day when all we had was carbon steel.
The newer alloys require an inert atmosphere...
Not of commercial gravers, if i can help it, but I have occasionally bent a graver.. In which case a re- harden. Sometimes I will leave it just hardened. Sometimes I temper just a bit. Light gold....Chujybear 04-16-2014, 02:55 PM