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  1. I'm forging my first hammer! It's been a ton of fun so far. I started with 3 inch 4140 round, cut a disc off and shaped the billet first. I punched the hole accurately (or so i thought!) and once i drifted it, I saw it wiggled a bit off center. I got some help trying to correct it by drifting to round then oval again, but it didn't really work sadly. I forged in the fullers and then forged the faces, round side into octagon and the flat side I hit the corners to octagon on the rounding side, but on the flat side i just smashed the corners in a bit. i've rough ground it and heat treated it, and this is what it looked like. The next day i heat treated it and finished grinding the faces. I made an 11 inch ash handle, charred the end a bit (for aesthetics mostly, lol) and put a walnut wedge followed by a steel wedge in. The hammer ended up around 2 pounds. I wasn't sure if this was going to turn out well at all, and even though there are a ton of annoying flaws I'll try to correct on the next one, I like it. I forged the leaf with the hammer too.
  2. Hey guys, beginner blacksmith here. I want to purchase a Brian Brazeal style rounding hammer, like the one Alec Steele uses but I don't know how heavy it should be. I plan on forging candleholders, leaves, bottlecap openers and other smaller projects. If things go well I might eventually try to forge knives. How heavy do you recommend that the hammer should be? 1 kg? 1,5 kg? If you know any good ones, please link me to them (if they ship to Europe, I live in Sweden). Grateful for all the help I can get. Sincerely, Eophex
  3. Happened to see this hammer at Tractor Supply yesterday and I thought it looked like it could make a decent rounding hammer. It has a flat side and a rounded side. The rounded side looks like it has too sharp of a radius, but that could probably be fixed with a grinder. I'm not crazy about the fiberglass handle, but that could also be replaced. The head looks to be of good quality, yet the hammer is really cheap ($18.99) Anyone have any thoughts? Mod note: Link removed
  4. I just got a Brian Brazeal forged to finish 3 1/2 lb rounding hammer in the mail yesterday when I got home. It was late so I'll try it out tonight. These are great hammers. I had the pleasure of striking for the same type hammer (about a pound less) at Brian's last March for a three day class. Wish that I had more time to spend there. I would encourage anyone looking to further their blacksmith skills to take a class with Brian. His level of knowledge is outstanding as well as his ability to convey that information. Brian and Karen are great hosts and Karen is an awesome cook. You won't be disappointed. Perry Thomasson
  5. Is a rounding hammer very usefull/nessary in blacksmithing? Is it something I should definitely have or not?
  6. I recently started making hammers myself, i've made a rounding hammer but struggled grinding the round dye ( in don't have a belt sander only an angle grinder) Any tips? thanks!!
  7. G"day from Australia Just curious what kind of hammers everybody has in their blacksmith forge! Im still new to this but here are my hammers.
  8. hello every one! I have been busy the last couple of days making some hammers. these are both 2.5lbs, and I think one might be heading to Sweden! rounding hammer, and straight peen. forged from 1.75" 1045, 14" hickory handle..... I want to keep them! Heres one more pic
  9. I have been looking for a reasonably priced rounding hammer, I am new to blacksmithing and can't yet justify spending hundreds of dollars on a hammer, and I ran across Nordic Forge hammers. They seem to be of decent quality from what I can tell and after contacting them they have told me they think it will work for my applications. They have a website that is only semi functional but they were very prompt in answering my email and questions about their hammers. There are two models one is hand turned and finished the other is heat treated then machine turned and finished, each come in sizes ranging from 1.5lb up to 2lb. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with these hammers and can give me an honest review on how well suited they are for blacksmithing and how decent the quality of these hammers is. https://www.google.com/search?q=nordic+forge+hammer&safe=off&rlz=2C1MSIM_enUS0537US0537&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=3e01U4u2MsPEyQHl-oBg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=799#imgdii=_ The above is a link to pictures of these rounding hammers.
  10. Hello I would like to share some pictures of the work Irish, 5starhobo and myself did over the last few weeks. A 3.5lb rounding hammer 5starhobo and Irish forged for Irish out of 2inch by 4 1/2inch 1045. Two bottom swages I directed Some other small forgings 5star and I did one day, from left to right a small english pattern hammer, small set hammer, prototype ball peen hammer, an adjusted top swage and an unfinished flatter.
  11. Here Brian demonstrates and explains the reasons why a rounding hammer is the most versatile hammer due to the amount of dies avilable. alec
  12. As a beginner I am still building up my collection of hammers. I have a few cross/ball pein hammers but I keep seeing a rounding hammer as the choice for a lot of blacksmiths. Can anyone provide more detail on the advantage of the rounding hammer and its uses? What hammer would you recommend?
  13. Hey fellows! Last weekend I visited Joe to pick up a new military style portable forge I bought from him. We took this occasion to also work together for one day. Matt charged us to forge a rounding hammer for him and that fit very well because Joe wanted me to show him how to forge one anyway. I myself was taught by Alec how to forge them and he learned it from Brian... so it was basically forged with the techniques Brian Brazeal teaches at the moment. The hammer was forged out of 40mm car axle steel, the billet was 8cm long. After grinding it weighs 790g (1,75lbs) and is now ready for heat treatment. After that and a final polish it will be shipped to the US where Matt will hopefully have a lot of fun with it :). Right side with my initials (Daniel Lea): Left side with Joe´s initials (TechnicusJoe): Bottom side with shoe shining: top side Unfortunatly there is no video of the entire process :(, although there might be some shreds of video coming up soon ;). Yours - Daniel
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