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Found 11 results

  1. I made several tomahawks this weekend for my son, nephew and neighborhood boys. I did all the usual ways, upsetting the sharp end and also forging the head into the blade for a beard. Then i had a thought why not fold the end under the eye over in a faggot weld before slitting the eye. It gives a much bigger eye and pleasing balance. A preform photo attached. Im sure others have done this but i’d not seen it and thought to share. regards My sister inlaw was a little perturbed when he got his. Its got a round edge about like a pencil. He didnt put it down all day.
  2. Made this cork screw out of a railroad spike. I used Mark Aspery’s pass through technique. This is my first go and it’s pretty rough. I will definitely be making more.
  3. Just getting into all of the wonders of blacksmithing. I'm just playing with RR spikes at the moment; as not to waste any good steel on my mistakes. I've made one knife, and someone at my work asked me to make them something. I was excited to make something for someone, but also terrified for them to see my (lack of) skills I have so far lol. So I decided on going with something that looks much more complicated than it actually is. I know it's justa noob project, but I'm relatively happy with how it turned out. Feel free to let me know what looks wrong, and any advice on it.
  4. So i tried my first rr spike hawk today, turned out ok. handled in maple.
  5. Finally got around to posting it, here it is my first knife not perfect but i cut my self on it so it works. I forged it from a rail road spike quenched it in motor oil and did detail work with belt sander and file.
  6. I have a railroad spike that I found a little while ago and after a little thought I finally decided to make a tomahawk out of it. This will be my first hawk and I thought someone here might have some tips/advice that would make it easier for me. Any pictures/advice are greatly appreciated. Thanks! P.S.- My current forge is pretty small, as is my anvil, and I do not own a power hammer, although I know someone who does if it is absolutely needed. Just some extra info :)
  7. i have one rr spike thats twisted i am guessing it was used kind of like a screw so it wouldnt work loose as fast but idk what to do with it i dont really want to mess up the twist but i can and will if i dont think of other ideas.
  8. Since I've recently relocated my forge and anvil to the little cobon behind our garage, my shop is now sheltered from the elements as well as being well lit enough for me to work at whatever time of day or night, i've been getting back in the swing of smithing (hadn't hit hot steel nigh on a year now). I figured I'd post some of my pieces and pictures from the Facebook page I created for my shop. So, enjoy (or not, that's your own opinion; I'm rather biased towards my own work). The first thing i ever made with a forge, hammer, and anvil a few years ago, and below it the knife i made tonight. RR Spike Fighter pre grind. Out of every blade I've ever made, this one is the most gracefully shaped. My buddy Wesley came by to chill a while in the shop and snapped a picture of me for my girlfriend. Final product of the RRS Fighter, decided to gift it as a display piece, sans heat treat other than water hardening. There is a weak spot at the transition from blade to handle, I twisted just a little too much, having never even held a rr spike before, much less worked with them. The finish is just what i whipped out with an 8" bench grinder with a wire wheel on one side and a grindstone on the other.
  9. i was at an old tractor day in saluda SC. the first sat. of this month there were 2 smiths from this guild there one had made a rr spike head in the shape of a cows head. the senior smith gave a buddy of mine the split head so he could try it. i was wondering if there would be any pictures of one to be able to be posted here as an idea for others
  10. Here are a few RR spikes that i made with diffrent handles and my second knife
  11. Imounted my 200lb peter wright today, the log has been drying for a year and a half, i sunk it two and a half feet deep and fastened the anvil down with 4 rr spikes (1 on each corner) I got to use it and wow! It makes a hughr differance I have used it befor but I have never mounted an anvil on a buried stump and i dont think i will ever mount 1 out of the ground if i can swing it.