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    Hi everyone, about a month ago I was lucky enough to find a whole iron trade point in Las Animas county, CO. I found it in an area full of detrius where in the past I'd found historical stone points and a ton of pre-forms and brokes. Anyway, my question is something I probably already know the answer to - should I attempt to straighten the point, and if so, how do I do it? If I store it in a dry environment inside a riker case will that stop it from rusting further? Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Last edited by Dunewalker; 02-13-2020, 11:14 AM. Reason: I was fighting with the pictures...they wouldn't load at first.

  • #2
    That's a nice find Dunewalker. Sometimes it is best to just leave well enough alone.

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    • #3
      Nice find! Understand your want to straighten that out but old rusted metal doesn't like that. Agree with PointHound.
      Searching the fields of Northwest Indiana and Southwestern Michigan

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      • #4
        I totally agree with the other two. It would SNAP and that would be sad.
        BTW That's a real nice find.
        Michigan Yooper
        If You Don’t Stand for Something, You’ll Fall for Anything

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        • Dunewalker
          Dunewalker commented
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          I asked a question that essentially I knew the answer to, and you guys are reaffirming that. I agree with everyone here, sometimes the way you found it is worth the most. Thanks for commenting.

      • #5
        Real nice find man

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        • #6
          Not something you find every day I'd leave it just the way you found it. Might of got they way from use.

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          • #7
            Very nice find!!

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            • #8
              Really cool find.

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              • #9
                Prolly take a wire brush and knock that rust right off, maybe put it in a vice and smash it back straight.






                said no one, ever.


                that’s a super cool find. The bend makes it even cooler to me.👍

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                • #10
                  Think I’d leave it be . Under that rust , there may be a hole. If you were to bend it back, it might would break..

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                  • #11
                    To stop the rust you can use this solution Gomer is the top restoration man in the business. There are others that are very good and maybe as good . Gomer and his son lead the pack in my opinion. https://forums.arrowheads.com/index....shell-bone-etc
                    TN formerly CT Visit our store http://stores.arrowheads.com/store.p...m-Trading-Post

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                  • #12
                    Nice to find one. Hopefully you can preserve it
                    My name is Gary. I live in NE South Dakota

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                    • #13
                      It looks nice in the display frame, and you can tell people that it might have bent when it hit something. (Or when a cow stepped on it.)

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                      • #14
                        Thanks to everyone for the advice. I certainly had no intention of trying anything until I asked the experts here. I think, ultimately, I've decided to leave it in exactly the condition in which I found it. I've never liked to see artificial sheens on artifacts, but Dr. Gomer does sound like the expert of experts. I don't think I'll even scribble a number on it for my log books...I'll label the riker case and call it good. I don't log them for my own memory - although I may need that one day - I do it so that the location and history of when and where the artifact was found isn't lost like I see in so many collections. Sometimes that's more valuable than the artifact itself...

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