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What is the difference between wrought iron and cast iron?

In contemporary usage, Wrought iron is metal that is “worked,” often on an anvil. Using the skills of a blacksmith, the metal is heated in a forge and hammered to shape. A metalsmith can either forge the metal by hand over an anvil or by using a modern power hammer. Wrought Iron also is a term used to refer to an alloy that is no longer produced but was preferred by blacksmiths when forging. Click here to learn more about the difference.

While genuine wrought iron is not readily available for forge work, pure iron is and is a material often used to replace wrought iron in restoration work.

Cast Iron is metalwork produced in a foundry. At the foundry, metal ingots are melted in furnaces and the molten metal is poured into molds.

Updated on August 2, 2018

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