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  1. That’s one heck of a rail anchor. I wish all mine were that size! Did you harden the whole tool? I just hardened the working end of the slitter shown below, and it held up quite good to a big striker with an eight pound sledge Saturday. David (Really like the lines you had on yours.)
  2. I would guess the eye was too hard at the final failure. No deformation at all and happened while driving the handle in. I’m really looking for the reason for the initial crack. Just can’t seem to get my head around that and can’t seem to let it go. The pictures below is the type of anchors I have readily available. David
  3. Did you punch the eye round, then form to oval, then drift? If so I would guess that the eye wall was too cold when formed back to oval. Otherwise, I cannot envision the failure mode, even then it’s oddly symmetrical. Just can’t see how that crack would have form on the inside wall otherwise. I guess, if the hole was being stretched and the inside walls cooled by the drift, it could fail in that manner. Very interesting and thinking “out loud”... If we can figure out what happened, it may help me avoid failures in the future. (I have a large number of these clip available!) David
  4. Thomas, the heart is great! My older son in the third great started giving out, as he called them, “Aztec” Valentines at school for Valentines Day. Needless to say we are a bit one the dark side as a family as well. David
  5. Today was the IBA state hammer in and there was a great group of smiths there. After the demo was over (fantastic display of power hammer tooling and techniques), I was able to use the host’s 125# Williams and White power hammer to transform 4” of 2” diameter 1045 in to a bolster for hammer eye drifting. (To support the round cheeks at final drifting/refining) I may need to take some material off of the ends, but I have to try if out first. David
  6. I thought I was in trouble after my surprise checking on a axe that was tempering in the over and found a pizza on the rack above it. My wife never said anything though. (I guess it makes economic sense!) David
  7. Both punched and welded axes are typically drifted to a hourglass shape. Also, both punched and welded hawks are drifted from only the top. There are always exceptions to the “rule” though. David
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    WeGone, check around a see if there is a blacksmiths association in you area that has meet-ups/hammer-ins near you. A few hours with an experienced smith is priceless and prevent bad habits that may become hard to stop. When I first started I caught up with the local chapter of the Indiana Blacksmith Association. I met a bunch of great people (two smiths actually live within 1mile of me), and learn a lot from them very quickly. Enjoy the addiction! David
  9. Jasent, what steel is that hammer head forged from? Was it a repurposed steel that could have gotten a cold shunt while forging, or new steel that had a defect? It looks like you will loose a lot of material trying to grind that out. David
  10. JLP, during the winter months we go to members forges. The hosts have been pretty open to members working on there projects. Last month I was actually asked to do the demo by the host. The rest of the year we meet at a forge the group setup at the historical society. There it’s an open forge with a large coal forge two anvils and two power hammers (25#LG and 50#LG). It’s basically first come first serve, unless there is a demo planned. We all tend to be very respectful and try to help out newcomers. It’s one of the reasons I got hooked so quickly. Of course, sometimes I feel a bit guilty about the amount of time I spend at the anvil, but when I’ve brought it up as a concern I’ve been told not to worry about it. Of course today there was a large forge and two anvils, the fire was going and no one was forging. So, I setup and got to work. No one else ever swung a hammer. (There was maybe 20 smiths there today.) David
  11. IBA chapter hammer-in today. I sharpened the handled tool I posted earlier in the week into a slitter, reshaped my long hammer eye drift/mandrel into a more rectangular cross section, and welded up a wrought iron billet. Good day and good company. Next week, IBA state hammer-in at the same location. Sorry, no pics... David
  12. Very cool! It has that Viking mastermyr feel to it. Did you weld a bit into the peen also? (While I usually use heavy hammers, occasionally I really like to use small ones like that.) David
  13. I like the tongs and need to make some myself. As long as they work, the looks really don’t matter! What steel did you use? I’m used to seeing the make out of spring steel and seeing the 90degree bend drawn/flattened out to the outside of the bend to make the corner stronger. Let us know how well they work! david
  14. Pedro, still need to sharpen it. I’m going to take it to a hammer-in Saturday and talk it over with some folks before I make my final decision on slitter vs slot punch. JLP, I first posted about my only previous wrought iron hammer on page 361 of this topic, but never posted a finished product. So here it is, not as pretty now that it’s been heavily used and weathered. (Very leaky garage that is not the best shop...) I’ve become quite fond of this hammer. Very flat face and light weight works well for setting welds, the small pein move material fast, and the store bought handle is comfortable. Most of all I made it! David
  15. Yes, watched that quite a while ago before I made the first one. That’s what inspired me to make it, after I was given some wrought iron.