Why do they call it Wrought Iron?
Many customers ask us this. So- before the development of effective methods of steelmaking and the availability of large quantities of steel, wrought iron was the most common form of malleable iron or an iron you could bend and shape.
It was given the name wrought because it was rolled and hammered or otherwise “worked” while it was hot enough to expel molten slag.
Todays’ modern functional equivalent of wrought iron is called mild steel, also called low-carbon steel.
What is Wrought Iron?
Wrought iron is an iron alloy with a very low carbon content in contrast to that of cast iron. It is a semi-fused mass of iron with fibrous slag inclusions which gives it a "grain" resembling wood that is visible when it is hammered, etched, or bent to the point of failure.
Wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductile, corrosion resistant, and easily welded. It makes for a beautiful aesthetic and adds ambiance to a functional piece like a Wrought Iron Gate or Wrought Iron Fence.
Wrought iron is no longer produced on a commercial scale and has become more of a hand-crafted art form. Custom Fabricated Wrought Iron Gates and Fencing is a specialty service we offer to customers in the Inland Empire.
Many products described as wrought iron, such as guard rails, garden furniture and gates, are made of mild steel. They retain that description because they are made to resemble objects which in the past were wrought or “worked” by hand by a blacksmith.
Historically, a modest amount of wrought iron was refined into steel, which was used mainly to produce swords, cutlery, chisels, axes, and other edged tools as well as springs and files. The demand for wrought iron reached its peak in the 1860s, being in high demand for ironclad warships and railway use.
Custom Fabricated Wrought Iron Gates & Fencing.
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