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  1. 19Branden86

    Ball peen tomahawk

    Made this tomahawk from an old ball peen hammer. Turned out pretty good. It's a good cutter and good splitter. Handy little tool.
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    Center Punch

    I've heard that. And I've heard that 52100 is a bear to work no matter what you do to it. I've never worked it before so I couldn't tell you if there's any truth in that.
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    Center Punch

    Yeah I kind of try and be cautious about heat treatment. If only one part needs to cut, like the end of an edged tool, chisel or something, for example, I only harden and temper that section. The whole thing is normalized beforehand. I rarely anneal unless I'll be filing on something right out of the gate. I figure just the act of heating it to forging temperature is enough to soften it for hammering on, depending on what SAE grade of steel you are working, of course.
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    Center Punch

    Oh, I see. My bad. I thought I had said that in the original post but I see now I forgot to put the ht details in. My apologies, my friend!
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    Center Punch

    I only quenched the tip. Only about an inch or so from the very tip. The back is soft so it doesn't shatter upon striking I only quench the working end of my tools. As you can see on my cold chisel from one of my videos that gets used very regularly at work, the strike end is soft and slightly mushrooming while the cutting end is still as was after quench and temper.
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    Center Punch

    Thank you, Dave. I tempered the point to straw yellow. I had normalized the entire thing before quench. Then after I quenched it, I took my little propane torch to it a few inches up the shank and ran the colors. I couldn't tell you if that is the proper method or not but it seemed to work. It holds a point well. I actually recorded this one as I made it to upload to my YouTube channel. I made a channel in the hopes that I could get some critique of my processess as I'm working. I can make something that looks good but maybe I used a harder than should be way to get the result if that makes sense. And, that's actually how I came about trying that hexagon. I have a pry bar and cold chisel video that a smith from Indiana had commented on trying a hexagon, and that resulted in this center punch.
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    Center Punch

    Thank you very much. And I am indeed a beginner. Not quite 2 years into the craft.
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    Center Punch

    I needed a center punch to replace my Harbor Freight one so I decided to just make one. Forged from automotive coil spring. Forged it down to hexagonal, tapered and rounded the point, then of course normalized, quenched and tempered.
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    Forged Pry Bar

    Ausfire, thank you. No, this one I didn't put a crow foot on. I work full time as a welder. The parts I weld are on jigs and as we all know, heat expands, so sometimes they need a little coaxing to get out of the jig. That's what I made this one for. I like the pun you did there
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    Forged Pry Bar

    Forged a small pry bar from 16" of coil spring. I left the body normalized and only hardened the pry feet. Tempered them back to blue. Seems to work well.
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    File composition

    Hey, thanks a bunch guys. And I like the smart alec answer because I never thought about it like that but it makes sense!
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    File composition

    I know some people make knives from old files. I have some old Nicholson pipeliner files that have damaged and rolled teeth. I'm thinking about annealing it and grinding down the tang to make a graver (may have to forge down part of the body behind the tang so as to have enough length for an engraving chisel). My question is, would file steel be good enough to work for this application? Edit: obviously would need hardened and tempered afterwards
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    Forged Leaf Key Chain

    Forged leaf key chain from 3/16" square bar. Let me know what you guys think! You-tube link removed as per ToS, If you want to show a picture, then just post it
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    Kentucky pistol

    Thank you very much! It took a few weeks to get everything nice and shiny
  15. This was built from Pedersoli's kit. Not bad. I sure enjoyed working on it. I think I'm going to strip the original bluing on it and brown it so it's more historically accurate.