Trevor Jones just made an appropriate comment about blacksmiths not
being able to anneal (or normaalize) high alloy tool steels.
Since many old blacksmiths talk about putting parts into the ash bucket
to anneal them, I did a little study of "the ash bucket" a couple of
years ago and here are the results (text and an inbedded graph):
I just won an auction bid for a bucket of vermiculite (at our annual
conference) and I intend to test it in a similar way one of these days,
but haven't gotten "a round toit" yet.
15 years ago