Well I guess we all feel like that at times. But then again the memories of the girls we caught…My uncle used a few pieces of pipe with a bazillion 1/16” holes drilled in them hooked to a hose then hooked to a small compressor with some sort of home made mitigator / regulator for the amount of air bubbles. and he would use wire to hold and separate the parts in the steel box. He is long since past away but he was one smart guy when it came to all kinds of things, like I was saying in my last post I was a teenager then and I really wished I would have paid more attention to some of the things he used to build instead of chasing girls. Kids OH Well…
I can assure you, the "crystals" are certainly made of molecules, which are made of atoms. "Crystals" are no more "solid" than the molecules they are made of, and the atoms which make up those molecules are no more dense or "solid" whether they are in a crystal or not.Both molecules and crystals are matter, but crystals are a solid substance having a natural geometrically regular form with symmetrically arranged plane faces, whereas a molecule is formed from a group of atoms bonded together.
WRONG!I can assure you, the "crystals" are certainly made of molecules, which are made of atoms. "Crystals" are no more "solid" than the molecules they are made of, and the atoms which make up those molecules are no more dense or "solid" whether they are in a crystal or not.
Sounds like you don't trust atoms because they make up everything...WRONG!
large metal clusters. And then there is steel (which contains carbon, which is not a metal on its own) and other alloys containing some non-metallic elements. The major component of steel is iron, a metal that in its pure state is not much harder than copper. Omitting very extreme cases, iron in its solid state is, like all other metals, polycrystalline—that is, it consists of many crystals that join one another on their boundaries.
A crystal is always a solid.
A molecule is a structure with a beginning and end, no repeatability* and a certain degree of flexibility (more or less flexibility depending on the physical state). [*There can be repeated fragments, for example any protein repeats the 20 basic amino acids many times along with other optional stuff… but the repeatability never reaches the level of a crystal, not even in polymers formed by a single “building block”.]
A crystal contains a “basic structure” called a crystal cell which repeats itself over and over in 3D.
The immense majority of the properties of the crystal don’t change with its size - the properties of, for example, a string of identical amino acids, are very different when it’s 10 atoms long or when it’s 1000. Adding a handful of atoms at the end of an actual protein can change its behavior completely.
If a crystal contains molecules, the atoms in molecule A will be bound more strongly to the rest of the atoms in molecule A than to the atoms in molecule B. When you take an Xray picture of a sugar crystal and process it (the original picture looks like a very badly-done piece of Op Art), you get the positions of the atoms in the crystal’s cell, and you actually see sugar molecules, with distances between atoms very similar to the distances they have when the sugar is dissolved in water.
At the price levels of modern BP guns, I can't think mass producers are using the ground-bone old-time methods; that would be for high-end custom work.I have a machinist manual printed in 1935 where they used ground bones to case harden metals. I can’t be certain but I would think exposing the hot metal to oxygen imparts the color.
This case job looks to me like it was very evedently shielded which holds the charcoal to the work longer as it drops through the quench water. Note the very defined perimeter boarder of the pattern. Nice work. probably the heat was in the mid 1300's F which gives the most vivid color .
The Uberti would beat the Canadian if the colors were more vivid. The Canadian, to me, looks like acid was spilled on a blued gun. The little black spots tell me the master is no master. BUT, that's my opinion based on my taste.