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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
  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 read
  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
  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 grin
  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 loc
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