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« on: August 06, 2014, 06:48:16 pm »

Had the opportunity to work at a forge for the last few days. This is what was made of that time:

First Railroad Spike Knife:


First Railroad Spike Tomahawk Head:
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 07:38:33 pm »

Welcome to the world of metal.  Practice, practice, practice.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 04:55:34 am »

Railroad spikes come in handy for all sorts of things.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 05:39:30 am »

For blades you may want to add a piece of high carbon steel.
Rail spikes tend to be a little short on carbon for a working tool.
Forge welding takes a bit of pratice and some skill so keep swinging the hammer.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2014, 09:20:58 am »

For blades you may want to add a piece of high carbon steel.
Rail spikes tend to be a little short on carbon for a working tool.
Forge welding takes a bit of pratice and some skill so keep swinging the hammer.

From what I've read in other places, "railroad spikes" are made from a variety of different steels, the lowest carbon content being aroun 0.1% and the "high carbon" spikes being around 0.3% carbon. This is quite low for blade steel (usually you want about 0.7% - 0.9%) but it will work. Water quench will get you a hardness of around 50 HRc.

Your first attempts at forging a knife are not too bad. But the blade curves up a lot, is a bit short compared to the handle, and the tip is rounded like a table knife. If that's what you were trying to make, then great; it looks a little like a very short version of a butcher's flaying knife.

The tomahawk, on the other hand, needs more work or a better photo. I can't see an eye for the haft, and it looks more like a warhammer than a tomahawk.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2014, 03:42:31 pm »

The eye for the haft is on the side you cannot see. The knife had a few accidents and became a little odd, just need to remember and avoid said accidents in the future, And my next project is a candle holder and an Iklwa spear.
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2014, 03:08:54 am »

the title of this thread makes me want to make a forged hat stand in the shape of a head, just so I can say 'forge a head'.
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2014, 03:30:34 am »

And my next project is a candle holder and an Iklwa spear.

Will you be finishing the knife?  It is grinder time.  Grind, sand, polish, sharpen.
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2014, 05:04:51 pm »

It is sharpened, and I have decided not to polish it.

I made a few more things I will be posting later.
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2014, 08:55:44 pm »




That's great.
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2014, 04:21:00 am »

Here is the rest like I promised. First upload a few weeks ago crashed my phone, so used the computer instead.

The smallest and the largest both have sheaths made out of leather that are not included in the picture, and the smaller tomahawk head is fit with a shaft now.


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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2014, 08:17:41 am »

Great start.
I was looking at this guys repurposed knives the other day.
http://shop.pearceknives.com/main.sc
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2014, 12:33:08 pm »

I like the one on the right.
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2014, 01:22:52 pm »

Thank you both.

As for Pearce, he was the inspiration for the tomahawks, his work is amazing and I go to him for ideas frequently.
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« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2014, 06:09:10 pm »

Between your first attempts and that big honking hunk of cutlery on the right, you've improved one hecka lot!

I admit, the long knife is making me green with envy.
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« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2014, 07:10:47 pm »

Thank you
I am making a twin for the long knife soon
Then making a straight file knife around the same size later on
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