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Old February 13, 2014, 08:19 PM   #6
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Exactly. I did all fire-blue screws for a flintlock a few years ago using the gas burner on my kitchen stove. I basically polished the screws until I got the surface I wanted, held them with pliers in the flame (head farthest away) and let the color creep up the shaft of the screw. That way, I could see the progress and then remove the screw and drop it in oil as soon as it hit the color I wanted. Took 10 minutes to do a handful.
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