Wednesday, May 28, 2014
It is hard to believe, but Newark has no source for 18 gauge brass wire. I use this for brass feathers, and I use it for rivets. I can only speculate that when all the mom and pop hardware stores went to big box stores, this item (along with many others) became obsolete. I ran into this problem last winter when I tried to buy a solid brass bolt for the butt end of Brians knife. All the local hardware stores carried bolts that size, but they were brass coated. I can't use brass coated anything, because I reshape them with grinding wheels and sanding belts. I had to find real brass bolts online. While I was looking locally for the big brass bolt to finish the pommel, I scoped out the brass wire knowing I would need it to make rivets. I became alarmed. I am still alarmed. I feel confident that I can still find REAL brass in Columbus, but the transportation cost exceeds my budget. I purchased this role of brass wire on eBay, and it has free shipping. As I take stock of everything I may need for upcoming projects, I am finding that buying local is not possible. I miss the mom and pop hardware stores. Hopefully someday, they will come back.