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About Rhyfelwr

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    Fayetteville, Tennessee
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    I am a Christian first and foremost, I Street Preach when and where God tells me too.
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    Basically the list of "Occupations", because I usually find a way to make it one.
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    Street Preacher/Blacksmith/Electrician/General Contractor/Computer g33k

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  1. Very nice! Makes me want to go make a new grinder myself.
  2. I don't know about the bending rather than the snap thing, I've snapped the claws off of a 4' nail pulling bar and if the texture of the break was anything to judge the temper was near perfect and hard as glass or nearly anyway. You sacrifice wear on the claws for toughness. And as for temper colors I straw temper most of my knives, sometimes deep straw. And the choppers hold well and sharpen decently. And the axes that I've made in 1060 and 5160 that I tempered straw chop through cinder block alright, though the 5160 tends to be much more durable.
  3. Have you tried hitting it on something relatively hard? Just to see if it wants to shatter? I know my favourite hammer as of the last ten years or so is a 22oz Estwing, I had a Vaughan California Framer that looked a lot like your hammers. My experience with the Estwing is that they tend to err on the tough side. Meaning that the head deforms over time and the nail pulling end tends to wallow out after a while, but they don't break. Seems like there is a fine line in there. I have a book around here that tells the preferred temper color of a hammer head, just gotta find it.
  4. Looks like a Vaughan style. My day job is as a Carpenter, and one thing I've been thinking of making is some framing hammers. They look good, the main thing with wood handled framing hammers is to have a large eye, thats a weak point. The only thing I see wrong with them is maybe taper the nail pulling side a little more consistently there are big nails and small, if its a gradual taper it'll fit them all. Also I'm curious how you hardened and tempered them, also what steel?
  5. It looks like heat cracking to me, my experience with after quench cracks tend to be almost clean snaps. But then I like simple steels. And I never adjust after a quench, when it comes out warped I re-heat and re-quench. Then I look at why it warped, too thin, heat uneven etc.
  6. Looks great, thanks for taking the time to document the process. I've planned for several years to build a similar setup, just working on getting the space in my shop.
  7. I came late to this discussion.. I don't do hourly, sometimes I think back over what I've made and figure it by the hour but I do not price jobs hourly. My full time job is as a Carpenter, I build houses and decks and work for myself. I try to never make less than $200-250 a day. And unless there is some deadline I don't work more than 8 hours a day 5 days a week. When I bid a job the client is required to pay for materials and I receive pay either on draws, or when the job is done depending on the size of the job. And the same goes for my blacksmithing business. No less than $200 a day, not counting materials, sometimes it will be many times $200 in a day. Also if there are any tools needed that will be semi expendable I just price them into the quote. So in summary: Shop rate: >$200/day + Materials. Semi-Pro.. (not quite a hobby, not quite my living) No overhead, except a little electricity. Maybe a few belts and wheels.. But hey, add them onto a job! My shop is next to my house. I've also learned not to be scared of pricing to high, I noticed people like to pay more for less. I think its because they wonder whats wrong with it if you are cheap.
  8. Anybody actually use the tannic acid? I've got two quarts of distilled oak tannins, I might try it.
  9. It looks like a blade preform for sure. It still looks plenty thick enough to forge the bevels in. Question though, what type of handle/guard are you going for?
  10. I like making axes, eventually I may build a power hammer just to save time. As of right now I use a 6# straight pein hammer with my right hand or my younger brother strikes for me with the short handled 8# sledge. Side note, where are you from Kevin? My name is Ben House and I'm originally from Alabama, now in Tennessee.
  11. Well I figure the guilty dog barks the loudest as a buddy of mine once said.
  12. Well there are still rude people here I reckon. I would dress the edges of the mushroomed head as best I could. I'd take the handle off the head and weld the inside and outside of the crack. Then dress the welds. I'd also fill the chunk thats missing in with the welder. Then re-hang the head. I have an older axe sitting in the corner that a buddy of mine welded a while back it had a crack up one side of the eye and I re-hung it on and new handle and it has been used ever since.