Re: How Were The Ransom Note Holes Formed?
Wed May 1, 2019 10:07

Just a short story on carpenters' use of blunted pointed finish nails. When I was a kid in the 1950's our next door neighbor earned a living as a carpenter. He would allow me to help him on carpentry work around his house. His carpentry apron was always filled with finish nails that he had blunted the points by using a hammer on them. He had explained to me that this would prevent the expensive mistake of splitting trim pieces. He always used these nails on trim work and would blunt the pointed ends of dozens of nails at one time to avoid doing each one on a job site. I always wondered why finish nails were not just manufactured this way. He never used a non blunted finish nail on trim work. So in the days before pneumatic nail guns, every carpenter doing finished trim work knew this technique of using a hammer on the pointed end of a finish nail, and probably had numerous blunted nails in their aprons.

  • Whoever punched the original ransom note holes used a similar process to this. The edges of the holes indicate that the punch head, given the impact force behind it, overall was sharp enough to cut... more
    • Re: How Were The Ransom Note Holes Formed? — Anonymous, Wed May 1 10:07
      • Re: How Were The Ransom Note Holes Formed?Anonymous, Wed May 1 12:24
        Thanks for the memories! When I was a kid back in the 60's, I spent many hours at my Dad's work bench in the basement building things from wood. One very clear personal memory from that time is that... more
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