Silver Blades

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  1. Wolf 5.7

    Wolf 5.7 New Member

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    Just as a Joke and to humor me (I've been watching werewolf movies lately) anyone ever bought/owned a silver knife or bullet?:lmao2:

    Yes I know they are expensive. Yes silver is crap for Bullets. Argentum is even worse for blades due to it's low strength. And Laslty, I wouldn't have one except as a curio or conversation starter.
  2. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

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    In the 19Th century , gentleman farmers carried small silver bladed folding knifes called fruit knifes. The silver wouldn't corrode if you cut into an apple or other fruits. The vast improvement in steel and the advent of stainless steel { late 1800's } did away with them.
  3. Wolf 5.7

    Wolf 5.7 New Member

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    Cool. Thanks for the bit of history. I read somewhere that silver did not promote the growth of bacteria. Is that true as well?
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    according to some of the manufacturers of hunting clothing it is. You'll see some underarmor type stuff with silver thread to help keep down bacteria and thus smell.
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    RJay Well-Known Member

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    As Country 101 posted, yes, Silver will inhibit the growth of bacteria . Silver has been used in this regard for thousands of years.
  6. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    My family had a bunch of silver knives. Forks, too-and spoons.
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    but at the same time silver polish has accounted for thousands of deaths over the years , win some , lose some ,
  8. kayak22

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    A silver bullet is easily made if you have a bullet mold. Or silver plate an existing lead or copper jacketed bullet. It would not be cheap. Roughly $39.70 per ounce (troy) for the standard bar form traded on most markets. In other forms the cost could vary depending upon the purity and other costs. A 40MM bullet weighing 200 grains equals about one half ounce, so such a bullet would cost about $20.00. It would make a nice necklace or key chain fob. A little expensive to shoot, unless a werewolf is lurking around.

    Plating would be considerably less costly, and looks as good.
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  10. Bill DeShivs

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    And you'll have a hard time silver plating lead, as it amalgamates with the plating-absorbing it.
    Jacketed bullets can be silver plated.
  11. Bill DeShivs

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    Actually, any jeweler that does casting could make much nicer silver bullets than any in the article. Incredible detail can be reproduced using lost wax casting and a centrifugal casting machine. The original bullet would need to be about 5% oversize to come out at the proper diameter.
  12. Bigr Bang Thry

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    ;)I've been saving silver coins ( pre-1965 quarters, and 1940's era dimes ) for a while now... just in case I needed to melt them down and mold them into bullets. I've long feared that a werewolf family might move in down the block or something. You know, you can't be too prepared... Now, after reading some of this thread, I realize that I'm not the only one that has had this concern. At least I'm not the ONLY one. My plans are to cast the coins into .45 bullets, and load them into .45 colt . The other option that I have is to cast them into .620 round balls and load them into 20 gauge slugs. Which do you think would be better ?
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    I would imagine .620 ball would be easier to cast, but idk. You could always chem plate bullets. They don't always look nice but they would get the job done.
  14. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Casting silver in conventional steel moulds doesn't work.
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    My guess is that the molten silver effectively solders the mold halves together, is that why it doesn't work ? I was afraid of that... I guess I'll just have to melt the silver and drop it to form shot. I was hoping to not have to get that close to the werewolf, but you've got to do what you've got to do !

    As far as the suggestions for plating bullets with silver, I'm not sure that will work either...In all the werewolf movies I've ever seen, it required a pure silver bullet to take one down. I think you need a higher silver content than just a plated bullet would provide.:rolleyes:
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