The Navy Knob exposedOne of the more popular CW straight keys in the venerable Navy Flame Proof. You grip this key using its Navy style knob. The "navy style" is tallish and rounded on top, usually with a skirt underneath. I demonstrate the "grip" used for the Navy style key in an earlier post.
But what's this old knob made from? Compressed horse hair and tar?
|Navy Flame Proof Key contains "fillers" in the bakelite material|
As I photographed the key I noticed that up-close the knob of my old service key appears to contain fibrous material and it got me wondering about what material they used to make these knobs...
This knob is made of Bakelite
Bakelite is interesting stuff. It was one of the first commercially successful "plastics" developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York in 1907. Leo incorporated "filler" materials in bakelite to give it strength.
All sorts of ground up stuff went into bakelite including asbestos.
So maybe my "Flame Proof" key really IS flame proof...
On the other "hand", here's the Kent Hand Key knob for comparison...
That's all for now...
So lower your power and raise your expectations