Re: [Revlist] Black Sea Service muskets
- Patrick, if that's the case then you did not use real japanning or apply it
properly. Real japanning is hard as a rock and will not soften in heat. All
of my woodworking planes have Japanned beds, most are in the 1910 range, and
the japanning is still as hard as a rock. In fact, one has to work like a
dog to get it off. If you want real japanning, I can get you sources--as well
as instructions for proper application (it takes baking at low heat for a
Let me wave you away from that idea. I picked up a Sea Service
musket from Loyalist Arms last summer. Its a pretty nice piece and
I've fired it both live and blank since then. After I bought it, I
japanned the whole thing. Cool, eh?
I found out there is a reason they didn't japan stuff, except for
use way out at sea. I carried this thing to Brattonsville (a hot
event). By the end of the event I was covered in black goo, that
had melted off. I then also found out that any oils or cleaners
will further take off the japanning. Yuck!
As soon as I got home I took off all the japanning.
Its a lot better now.
John M. Johnston
42d Grenr. Compy.
"There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness." Dave Barry.
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