Hi all - I need to make a some 2mm screws using my tap & die set.
I’ve just started working with Argentium silver & have noticed how
much softer it is than sterling. In particular I can’t seem to get a
clean, crisp thread when trying to make screws. Is reverting to
sterling the only answer? Also, my tap & die set is European metric
sizes. Rio Grande only sell even numbered US gauge sizes of round
wire (they will do odd numbers as a special order but the minimum
weight rules that option out for me) so I still have to draw down 12
gauge wire as 14 gauge is too thin. I’m use to buying wire in the UK
where many more wire sizes are available in mm with no drawing down
needed as the correct size wire for tap & dies is readily available.
Should I just order the wire from Europe or is there a supplier in
the US who sells wire in mm not US gauge? Or, are there tap & die
sets available in the US for US gauge sizes? Rio sells only European
metric versions. Any advise gratefully received as to this puzzling