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  1. First project I’ve ever done other than some fishhooks. Made this out of a high carbon (I know they aren’t actually high carbon but they’re better than just plain spikes) railroad spike. The edge is a bit uneven because I just sharpened it with my Dremel. Gonna fix the edge later tomorrow with my mill file. Heat treatment is done. I heated the blade to non-magnetic and dunked it in a can of cooking oil. I put it in the oven at around 400 Fahrenheit for an hour or so. It seems to cut well but it’s not exactly the best knife. I don’t have a belt sander and my angle grinder is screwed up so I can’t really clean up the knife too well. I kinda like how it looks now though. I’ve started on a tomahawk from another spike now and I expect to be done it in a couple days. Man are these things good for practicing.
  2. I took a Blacksmithing class and my 1st project was a S Hook, and then I made a knife out of a Railroad Spike!
  3. Just finished these two, and contemplating the handle for the bearded axe/hatchet. By the way, what is the difference between a hand axe, and a hatchet?
  4. So I just got my forge set up last weekend. I use a bucket forge with some 50/50 plaster of paris and sand as a lining, and a hairdryer as an air source. I picked up some charcoal and set to forging. I found a railroad spike randomly and decided i might as well whack at that. I'm using a large hunk of cylindrical steel, (i can barely lift it so its heavy enough) for an anvil. I've watched quite a bit of videos on railroad spike knives and i thought i might as well try it out. A couple hours passed and i finished the forging. I did a little bit of grinding and this is what I've got. After reading a few of the posts here everyone says its a waste of time finishing these, and i shouldn't have bothered making one so early into my experience. I am very tempted to finish it, because i think it came out pretty good and its the first thing i made. I'm wondering whether i should, or if you guys have any other advice on what i should do instead. I'm still brand new to these forums, so i apologize if this is in the wrong place. But thanks for any and all suggestions..
  5. A request from my wife. Something I can now mark off my to do list. A railroad spike cross. I will admit I used a sawzall to cut it though. Some difficulty swinging the hammer right now with a torn tendon in my elbow.

    Railroad Spike Welder

    Closeup of my welder spike guy.

    © Angry Anvil Forge

  7. This one was fun to forge, although I would have liked to make the blade 5" longer... the customer requested a 4" blade. This signifies the end of my commissions - I just started a full-time job, so I will only be making blades I want to make. FREEDOM!
  8. Last month my girlfriend took me to a great antique store that was also a diner. I had a conversation with owner about how he's sold out of knives, and he brought me to his personal shop where he had many of his grandfather's files. He had a wonderful shop where you could feel the generations that have used it. The files themselves were well used and abused - one had been designated a paint stirrer some time ago and probably was caked in lead. Only three had stamps or markings, all too pitted/rusted to make out. I tried not to bore the gf too much, she's very understanding of my bladesmithing affliction, nonetheless she's probably a bit tired of knives/steel/files by the time of this pic . You can see my double-handful of files sitting there on the table. Took JM's advice and hardened then snapped the tangs to test em - passed with good grain. There was a mighty thick (3/8"!) one that was calling to me, so I forged out a lot of handle material, distal tapered tang, and did a mediocre job of feeding the spike through the pommel. Still working on it, handle is drying. APG 36 and parks 50 quench. I need to take a picture of the other triangular file I used for the RR knife... it was an unwieldy shape, and had to be forged down quite a bit. I spliced it into a RR spike, and finished the handle with carnauba wax because I love it's smell. I may want to try a ring knot like Stormcrow at both ends because the handle is 1 1/4" too long in my opinion. Here's where things get interesting; when I took both pieces out of the acid I at first I thought I had screwed up the polish, because there were black "scratches" appearing. Upon inspection I noticed they flowed with the hammer blows and indentations from the file's teeth even though the teeth were gone, even more apparent on the larger blade. My conclusion was that the steel is older than I thought... but I can't identify when. Hopefully someone can help with that :)
  9. I started making this for my Girlfriend earlier today. She's very much into church and God. While I've never been exactly the church going type because of personal reasons, but I do believe. On top of that.. I love her. Anyhow.. I noticed last week that she didn't have a crucifix or cross hanging anywhere in her bedroom. I didn't say anything, but I figured I would fabricate one and surprise her. Below you will see the design I came up with, along with most of the rough fab work done. ( I didn't have much time to work on it earlier, and I still need to finish filling some voids and the grinding). My buddy suggested to me that should engrave it with a religious quote or scripture, but I might distress it instead. Depending on how much it would cost, I might have it plated in chrome, but I would prefer it in silver as it is considered to be a holy metal. This is my first attempt at making a cross. When I'm finished, I hope she likes it. I'll post updates with pics as I progress. Stay Tuned.. ( I uploaded the pic from my mobile, Tap or click-on the pic to view it larger)
  10. This is my very first axe type object ever. I decided to try a welded bit while I was at it since railroad spike wouldn't make a good enough edge. For the bit I had a small scrap of cable damascus I made last year. My first try at the weld was ridiculous, with the glowing bit shooting out and bouncing around under my scrap pile. The next night I cleaned it all up, organized my plans and took another try. I am so stoked that it worked. Obviously I need to work on form a bit, but it seems functional and took a nice edge. I put a temporary handle on while I find some hickory handles. ( my local big box stores don't carry handles? what the heck kind of hardware stores don't carry a xxxxxxx handle?) I wanted to thank both KYBOY and Basher for thier post on axes, it helped a lot to see what you guys do and make.
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