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5# of 1095

Oregon Duck

This is my steel for the NWBA hammer build for the spring conference. It is going to be a B. Brazeal style hammer. I am hoping to meet a mentor to help me with the forging. I will put on pictures after it is finished. Wish me luck and any advise is always helpful =-)

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OD, I'm shocked that none of the experienced Smiths on this site haven't commented about your choice in metal.  Do you really dislike your anvil that much that you'd use 95pt carbon steel on it?  (a good bit higher concentration than is warranted - 45pt might be a better and safer steel.)  You should always want your hammer a bit softer than your anvil (a hammer is a good deal less expensive to replace or repair than an anvil).  Hopefully someone PM'd you, but that doesn't help the other new smiths that might see this chunk of steel and think that it's OK.  You asked for advice, so that is my contribution (find some 1045 for your first hammer - also a tad bit easier to forge than 1095). 

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