|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » Beheading words » A blacksmith's word Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#96968 - 02/26/03 10:06 AM A blacksmith's word
Anneal: The process of softening metal. For ferrous metals, that is those containing iron, the
process involves heating the steel up to its critcal temperature and then slowly cooling it. For
non-ferrous metals such as brass, bronze, silver, gold, aluminum and the like, the process is
exactly opposite. The metal is heated to the critical temperature and then quickly quenched
in water, snow,urine, or oil. What annealing actually does on a molecular level is to allow the
metal crystals to realign, moving them into their morerelaxed state. When the metal is worked,
the crystals are moved out of alignment, contributing to both hardness and brittleness.
Practically, in the production of arms and armour the metal must be annealed as it is worked,
otherwise the metal might stress enough that it will crack.
Hear treatment of metals takes many forms. An automobile crankshaft for instance wouldn't
go even thirty thousand miles if not heat treated. I remember back in 1949 the workers in heat
treatment department at Mercury went on strike, so unheated crankshafts were put into
cars and sold. The cars didn't last very long. Both management and labor were irresponsible,
and didn't give a damn about the buyer. Thank the Japanese for curing Detroit of a lot of
I still remember my father making punches by case hardening ordinary nails, until they could be
driven into a piece of soft steel. I never learned how to do it.
#96969 - 03/01/03 09:13 PM Re: A blacksmith's word
Loc: Rio Grande, Cape May County, N...
Interesting...all the time I've spent chatting with the village blacksmith over the past few years, and he explained a lot...but he never mentioned this. I'll have to ask him about it the next time I see him. You wouldn't want to see the tips of his fingers (or what's left of them), though (ouch!).
Forum Stats 8746 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members bobwar, Johnreed28, Lakshman, dcsteve, Jorg
8746 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 36 Guests and 5 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 105 LukeJavan8 97 wofahulicodoc 81 A C Bowden 54 Tromboniator 11 tuhin 2 Jorg 1 chicablanca 1
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11609 tsuwm 10523 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 LukeJavan8 6593 AnnaStrophic 6511 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400 BranShea 5282
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat
© 2014 Wordsmith