Does a railroad spike make a good knife?
Another “high carbon” misconception involves railroad spikes. Nearly every bladesmith has made knives from railroad spikes. Railroad spikes are readily available, usually for free, they are a novel item, and they can make a perfectly useable knife. However, they simply do not contain enough carbon to make a good blade.
Are railroad spikes worth anything?
So, if you want to buy railroad spikes, you can get a single one for about 80 cents to a dollar. However, you’ll pay a lower price when you buy the spikes in bulk, and they’re usually measured in pounds.
Are railroad spikes iron or steel?
Railroad spikes are made out of carbon steel and are generally divided into three classes: low carbon, higher carbon and structural steel. Note that it’s higher carbon and not high carbon.