12-28-2014 04:04 PM
The tip may have become magnetised by several methods. Having a magnet passed over it several times works to produce a weak field as does storage near a magnet or on a magnetic strip as seen used with some kitchen knives or work tools. Another scenario that can cause magnetism in a blade is if it is heated to a high temperature and hammered continuously as it cools. The entire blade will be magnetised, with it being strongest at the end or in this case, tip.
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
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Heavy handed polishing with a power wire wheel and even steel wool can sometimes give metal a magnetic charge, from the looks of this one, I would say that is probably the reason. Nice to have numbers matching, even if heavily cleaned. The combat frog is a nice bonus though!
Thanks Ned and Jim for taking the time to answer.
It was just that I thought this was a little odd.
It could very easy be one of the scenarios you have mentioned.
The scabbard isnít magnetic.
Itís probably been done by accident. How I noticed was the way it attracts the throat of the scabbard when entering it.
Thanks for your theories.
Have great New Year when it comes.
These bayonets were sometimes used to pound tent
pegs, and you'll see quite a few with disfigured
grips, pommels or flash guards.
Even though heavily cleaned/polished, it's still
nice to see a matching set.........
Never thought of that Steve thanks.
Had a mate of mine asked me the other week why it seems lots of these have dents on the flash plates. As good a reason as any.
I like your aviator Sharpe, wounded/won the battle/and got his way with women just about every episode. Great stuff watched them all at least twice.
Have a great new year.