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Andy Biggers




Location: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 7:01 am    Post subject: Rosehead Nails         Reply with quote

Hi guys,

I've been working on a few projects that require the use of authentic looking "rosehead" nails. After searching here and elsewhere, I discovered that such nails are very difficult to come by today -- and that's a pity because they make such a difference in finishing off period polearms, hammers, and axes that require them to (for example) attach langettes etc.

In any event, I found a supplier for rosehead nails for those of you who are interested. They are stocked by "Lee Valley Tools"

http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.asp...1306,41327

unfortunately, they are made of copper rather than iron or steel. Still though, not a bad alternative.



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Copper roseheaded nails by Lee Valley Tools

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Scott Hrouda




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 7:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The copper nail heads do offer a nice contrast in color and would provide the same holding power as steel arming nails when used on polearm langets. It's very interesting that they also offer washers (roves).

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The copper roves are used when riveting and sometimes when clenching nails as well.


Sean Flynt has specifically mentioned the historical practice of clenching nails on polearm langets. Thank you for posting this information Andy! Happy

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Ed McV




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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 8:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There is an added advantage to the Copper nails/washers in that they will develop a good patina which can be polished or rubbed as desired.
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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 8:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

In the UK go to 'Period House shops' or Traditional Materials for smaller quantities.

They are available in iron.

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Mark Routledge
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 11:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You can get bigger iron ones from these people in the UK.

www.suffolklatchcompany.co.uk

Good for chest hinges and shield grips / bosses.
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Aleksei Sosnovski





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PostPosted: Tue 22 Feb, 2011 11:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I used such copper nails for riveting langets on war hammer. But the best use I have found for them is using them as rivets for straps on armor. Easy to peen, holds well, good for leather (rusting steel makes leather weaker, while copper makes it stronger, though it is probably not in issue unless one wants his armor to rust really bad and still be wearable) and the most important-easy to remove when strap replacement is needed.
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