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  1. Here's the newest one I just finished I have two more left to do handles for. I started with 4 1/2" of axel and went from there. Definitely going to make a few more out of the axel as it was relatively easy to work and took a nice heat treatment and stayed hard so there was no need to forge weld a higher carbon bit in. I quenched in 100degree motor oil at around 1500 degrees and tempered in the oven for two hours at 360. It's slightly modeled to be a smaller variation of the Kentucky or Ft. Meigs belt ax. The handle is hickory. Please let me know what ya think and any suggestions or criticism is welcome!
  2. This is an old ax head I found on a metal detecting trip I made to an old local ghost town. I found it at the mouth of an old working. I know they used them for trimming timbers but I don't know what it's actually called. Looks like it was forge welded but I don't see a defined bit in it. I haven't taken a grinder to it yet. I am currently working on reproducing it in my own way. I will post more pics when I get aways into the project.
  3. Finally after staring at a 2" x 1.5" x 1" piece of mild steel for 3-4 months I decided to heat it and see if i could make a small bearded hatchet. the body is 1018, the bit is 5160. Oil quenched and then normalized. Many thanks to Steve Sells, Basher, KY BOY, and Matthew Paul for their combined knowledge and inspiration. Thanks for the pics and posts guys!!
  4. Hey folks! Just wanted to share my finished camp ax. I forged this back in March at Liam Hoffman's ax forging class. Just recently was able to finish it. Drifted eye 4140. We only broke one sledge that weekend! This is only my second or third handle, carved from ash. Gave it a bake for 1.5hrs @400. I didn't get quite the harden i would have liked, though. I didn't have any parks 50 to quench in, and it didn't like hardening in veggie oil or used motor oil. I recently was able to field test it this past weekend. It sure did like to throw some nice sized chips! But hey, that's what first time experiments are for, yeah? Thanks for looking!
  5. I am finishing up a blade to be used in an axe or spear that I made from a lawnmower blade. Its 13 inches long, 2 inches wide, & 1/4 inch thick. Of the 13 inches long, 9 will be blade. The tang goes 4 inches into the handle. The weight is 1 pound, 10.3 ounces. My issue is that I can’t seem to find a guide on what proportions a blade should be to the handle. I don’t want to mount it and then have to take apart again over and over if its not right. Any suggestions, videos, books, or places I can look? Thanks for the help.
  6. I sketched a (not to scale) blueprint of what I want this axe to look like. Hopefully you guys can forgive my crappy hand writing/ art skills. I want it to be about 45-55 inches long. Weight doesn't really matter. I attached the jpg to this post just in case that doesn't work. So I'm asking for a brutal critique of this axe, as a tool and weapon. (Zombies aren't going to kill themselves. ) Also critique, how hard would this be to make? Should I use a different wood for the handle? I like my friends Kabar Kukri with a rubberized handle, should I use a rubberized texture for the handle? Do I need a pommel? Maybe a different type of carbon steel? What should the thickness be? Should I quench this is oil or water? Say anything, bad or good I couldn't care less. If you have something to say, say it. My experience is non-existent. My best buddy forges weapons and I'm often at his house watching him work. Now I want to take a shot at this forging stuff. Thanks for your time.