The process is as much part of our heritage as the products produced and it will be necessary for those involved in the restoration industry to change the mindset of trying to compare cut nail and wire nail prices, if the process is to survive.
One way of changing the mindset is to think in terms of the price per nail in comparison with other old artifacts being used and indeed what can be purchased today.
Wire nails will be found in a building put up in the period from then to date.
Hand made nails suggest the building was built before 1800.
Cut nails suggest the building was built between 1800 and the early 1900's.
The wood fibres would often swell if damp and bind round the nail making an extremely strong fixing.
In Tudor times, we have evidence that the nail shape had not changed at all as can be seen by the nails found preserved in a barrel of tar on board the 'Mary Rose' - the Tudor flag ship of Henry VIII built in 1509 and recovered from the mud of the Solent in 1982.
The cut nail was produced in large numbers and various other shapes were devised to suit different purposes.
By the start of the 1900's, the first coils of steel round wire were produced and quickly machines were designed to use this new raw material.
The first automatically produced wire nails with no human intervention other than to set up the machine immediately showed that this was the way to produce a cheaper nail.
The fact that the nail had a round parallel shank that had up to four times less holding power didn't matter so much.
Cut nails for the restoration industry can amount to just a few pence each and it only takes a moment to assess their long term value say in comparison with the can of Coca Cola or Mars Bar you might buy for lunch.
A recognition of the value cut nails offer is needed to ensure that the process is not lost for ever and encourage the handing on of the skills involved.
The company is also prepared to consider special projects, for example, it produced a bronze boat nail for the building of the replica ship the 'Matthew' that in the year 2000 re-traced the 500 year old voyage of John Cabot who discovered New Foundland.