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Anthony Karakas

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  1. Alright thank you very much Littleblacksmith; that is what i suspected...and Jeremy K, i had briefly clicked on "chat", but did not know you could just step into a conversation with random questions...next time i will do so..
  2. I'm wondering what you experienced smiths use to drift your tomahawk eyes over; a post leg vise, a swage block or something else? Thank you, Anthony
  3. Just a quick update: i followed everyone's advice and easily punched through on some 7/8" stock. The big difference was using a dedicated punch (instead of the drift) and then flipping the piece over and punching out the pellet. If only i had it centered! Came out a little lopsided, but the lesson has been learned! Big thanks for all your help everyone!
  4. Thanks Tdriack, on my next attempt i will drift it from one side, and then when i am close to the other side, i will flip it and punch from the bottom. The funny thing is, i used to do it that way! My problem is i've taken a few long layoffs from the forge, and i forgot about flipping the piece and punching from the bottom! So simple in hindsight, i am shocked i forgot such basic technique.. I am using the tomahawk mandrel from Kayne & Son. However, i am realizing that a perhaps a mandrel is not a slitter, or a punch...Should i be using one of those first to make the hole? And then later come thru with the mandrel?
  5. Latticino, i only put the stock over the hardy hole when i'm almost all the way through..however, i have not been flipping the piece over and punching from the other side...that is a great idea! Dogsoldat, i will research your suggestion...thank you!
  6. I am drifting the eye of my hawks over the hardy hole. By the looks of it, it seems that this is not proper technique. My eyes always come out deformed. What is the proper way to do this? Thank you!
  7. Thanks Benton; in the case of leaf spring material, would this be for a "wrap around" style hawk where you forge weld the ends? I just picked up some 7/8" 4140 steel round bar. I have started the piece and shaped it, now i am ready to punch and drift the eye.
  8. Thanks to all for your comments, input and wisdom I will definitely be holding off on the A2 and D2... I am just finishing my first hawk (without a cracked eye, that is) in 4140. Still need to heat treat and fit a handle.
  9. Thomas, Yes i have, and no i have not. Is there a trick in forging air hardening steel? What do you mean by "expensive"? The pieces i bought were practically free. Or am i missing your point?
  10. I just came across a couple nice pieces of A2 and D2. Will these make a good hawk? Are they reasonable to heat treat, or should they be sent out for heat treating?
  11. Hello, I am curious as to what types of steel people are using to make a serviceable hawk without forge welding a high carbon bit. Further, are you able to do a home heat treat, or do you send it out for heat treat? Conversely, do some of you prefer to forge a bit into a mild steel body? Thank you, Anthony
  12. Thank you all very much! I will get some bricks going and build it up!
  13. I bought this forge one year ago. It is my first one. It has a clinker breaker, as seen in the photo. I've been using the forge, but i never use the clinker breaker. Now i am wondering if it blocks too much air and causes a cold spot in the middle of the fire pit? I also notice that sometimes coal just falls straight through the gaps. Should i be using the clinker breaker? Or is it minimizing air flow and hence heat? I would like to get more heat and spin the blower less. Thank you
  14. After rounding over the edges of my punch and drift, and making sure that i only worked the steel in the orange and above range, i am happy to report that this eye did not crack! Unfortunately i was not perfectly center (although it certainly seemed so when i started punching).
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