I’m brand new to blacksmithing. Here’s my first attempt at a hammer. Prior to making this hammer I only had about 3 hours at the anvil to be honest, this was a very challenging, albeit great learning experience.
I’m really happy with how the peen came out, but the face bows outward a little on the right side and I’m not happy it’s not more square. I’m wanting to take a second whack (pun intented) at it but had a quick question first.
I can only get 3 hours at a time in the gorge and with hand punching this I don’t believe I can finish in a single session. Would I be okay to normalize and quench during one week and then grind/heat treat a week or two later?
Just want to make sure that 1045 can be heat treated that far after quenching, I’ve read some steels only allow for a short window between these.
I did a google search with “iforgeiron” in it but haven’t found an answer, sorry if I’ve missed the thread.