Blues Beautifully; No Blow Holes; Smoother, Nicer Welds
Developed for use in our space program to give the best possible welds, 3½% Nickel Steel Welding Rod is almost totally free of impurities and flows beautifully to produce an extremely smooth, non-porous weld with Oxy-Acetylene or TIG. Over the years many gunsmiths have asked for this rod to weld bolt handles and other items that will be polished after welding. Thanks to Jim Thompson, Maverick Gun Works of Topeka, Kansas, we’ve located a supplier of 3½% Nickel Steel Welding Rod.
Says Jim, “I finally located some 3½% Nickel Steel Rod and the first bolt I welded was perfect. The rod is expensive but worth its weight in gold when you are welding bolt handles and any other job where a perfect weld is desired.
I find I get the best results as follows: bring parts to welding temperature with a rather large flame, then back off on the flame until it is just hissing. I use a No. 2 tip. (You might find another works better.) Take your time, don’t get it too hot and you can work with it all day if you have to. The weld is easy to work with, file or machine. Be sure to use a neutral flame.”
Big Book Catalog, Issue:68, Page:418
SPECS: Each piece is approximately .094" (2.4mm) or .045" (1.14mm) diameter, - 12" (30.5cm) long. Sold in 4 oz. (113 g), 8 oz. (227 g) and 1 lb. (454 g) paks.