I posted photos of these recovered relics a while back, but this is after removing the rust and after I put them through a preserving process. I found the pocketknife in a river in the Shenandoah Valley. It was likely dropped by a Confederate soldier, circa 1864. The "pliers" were found in a Yankee Civil War camp near Culpeper and were probably dropped by a farrier. They're nail clips or pullers, I believe. As I mentioned in the original post, the large item is a hand forged mill dam spike. It was also found in the river. It turned out to be a beautiful piece, after being restored.
The slanted cuts on the edges are to keep the spike from
backing out of the dam logs. The last image is of an actual mill dam on a Shenandoah Valley river. It was taken in
1899 and the men are using a seine to catch fish. The ladies are on
standby to fry the fish or, maybe, to make sure the men don't come out
empty handed. ☺
Before . . .
After . . .
Mill dam on a river in the Shenandoah Valley . . .