It's locked in the steel with the iron in a lattice.
Thanks B, yeah I hear ya bro. We've come a long way since the 19th and early 20th century, when knife grinders in Sheffield would typically start to show signs of lung problems by their early 20s, and have an average life expectancy into the 30s. Never hurts to seek further info, and exercise basic safety precautions though, I guess.Deadboxhero wrote: ↑Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:40 pmJokes aside there are more familiar things in peoples lives that are more of a concern for heavy metal poisoning.
https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/ ... poisoning/
As a knife maker I am at a higher risk of cancer and toxicity due to the dusty environment in my shop. I do work with Maxamet and other high cobalt steels and take precautions to use the appropriate personal protective gear.
Keep in mind though that life has a 100% chance of death. That was an old EMT joke from my former career.
The very oxygen we breath gives life but also death. It essentially "rusts" us out at a cellular level and is one of the reasons why people age.
The sun that gives life and warmth also will give you cancer.
I feel as long as your not snorting the Maxamet dust off the stone after sharpening you'll be fine
The funniest thing about this, is that it isn't a joke. My great grandfather showed me this trick when I was a kid.
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