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    What Gauges and Calibers Were Most Common in the Fur Trade?

    plmeek, Scratch the following question, It was poorly worded and came from my miscalculation on the diameter of a 28 to the livre lead ball. It did not match Hamiltons' value in his table and my erroneous value was between Hamiltons and the livre esterlin. The livre actuelle was used for lead.
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    What Gauges and Calibers Were Most Common in the Fur Trade?

    plmeek, I freely admit to limited knowledge of the French trade guns. And I am glad that we are referring to the same Wikipedia article. I most certainly did read your reference to the articles statement on regional variance. However, you made reference to a possible confusion between mass and...
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    What Gauges and Calibers Were Most Common in the Fur Trade?

    No misunderstanding or confusion. I am glad that plmeek confirmed that the livre was once tied to a certain mass of precious metal. However, my assertation was that the mass of a livre varied immensely, across France before and for a short time after Marie lost her head. While in Paris a...
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    What Gauges and Calibers Were Most Common in the Fur Trade?

    My understanding is that a livre refers to a certain mass of silver as does a pound sterling when they refer to currency. They are both units of mass. However, before being standardized, those units of mass could vary. Even today an ounce of lead weighs less than an ounce of silver.:oops:
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    Wooden utensles

    Vegetable oil goes rancid after a time-so no. Linseed oil takes a long time to dry-so maybe not. Modern BLO has certain chemicals in it that can be harmful-so no. Not sure about Tung oil. Depending on the wood untreated can take on odors and tastes.
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    What Gauges and Calibers Were Most Common in the Fur Trade?

    Interesting treatise. However, didn't the livre vary immensely before 1799 when (I believe) a platinum standard for the kilogram was established? I am not sure about the British pound but there is a possibility that there was historic variance there also. So, depending on the historical period...
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    Cabela's not shipping bp guns anymore?

    I think the meaning is that the gun owners are convincing the anti gunners that the only thing needed is to pass laws to get rid of firearms and the gun owners will go along with it? Would the anti gunners back off if gun owners convinced them that outlawing guns would create a class of new...
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    Patch knife making

    You don't need to worry about the temper towards the butt of the tang. Ease up when you get near the blade, but a little blue near the blade edge is OK as tougher in that area doesn't hurt. Make sure to round the inside corners. Use a concrete bit to cut holes in the tang. Or you can buy one of...
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    Question for Blacksmith/metallurgy folks

    If you are planning on doing a lot of forging, google solid fuel forges, specifically a JBOD (just a box of dirt) designed by Charles Stevens. If you are frugal, it shouldn't cost you any more than a MAPP torch set up. And it will be cheaper to operate and will work better. I think you will need...
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    Fur Trade Era Knife Sheaths

    Do you consider a saddle stitch to be appropriate? Also, would that material hanging outside the sheath be a broken loop that had been used to help draw the knife from the sheath?
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    Old Hickory Knife rework

    The blade profile is close to the ones used on the continent (N. America) for the last several hundred years, with the exception of the hammer marks. Be more specific on the time frame. The large rivets are out and small pins are in. A partial tang would be appropriate for an earlier knife. If...
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    Coeur d'Alene Idaho Muzzleloading/Craft Show

    This weekend, Saturday & Sunday, @ 9am each day. I've always had a enjoyable time. This is the 24th annual show. Friends of Spokane House (FOSH) will most likely have a couple of tables there and an old time American Mountain Man (AMM) is usually in attendance.
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    colonial jack knife

    I apologize for resurrecting this old thread but in looking at the photo I think Dan is right. The blade is apparently wrought iron with perhaps a steel bit along the edge. The little ridges on the blade appear to be iron silicates that are left after the iron corrodes between them. If the...
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    A History of the Spokane House, 1810-1826 indicates mostly trade guns, fowling pieces, and some rifles. A trade gun would trade for 18 large prime beaver pelts while an English rifle would trade for 30 pelts. So mostly smoothbores. A pistol would trade for 4 pelts.
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    Looking for a good book about knives

    Google Scavengeology. Check out their research links. There are some about early French knives and axes. Might be a bit earlier than you are interested in. Although, I don't think much had changed. Scott- you beat me to it.