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Claw hammer from Spring

Matthew Paul

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I forged a claw hammer for my father for Christmas. I hope that he likes it!

It started out as a broken leaf spring out of the front of a Peterbuilt rig.

I cut the section off with a chop saw and then squared and upset the stock. the whole thing was shaped by hand, no electric used besides the initial cut with the saw. I did not feel like hot cutting that sucker.

Anyway, enough chat, here are some pics:

This shows the starting material and the tools used, all hand forged by myself.

The stock was upset to give a larger cross section and a shorter length. The eye was punched with the wooden handled punch and drift that are shown in the first picture and the claw area is beginning to get forged into shape.

Some more work on what will become the claw.

The claw shaped before being hot cut down the middle.

The head finish forged and heating up for some heat treating.

The head hardened and ready to be tempered

I'll add more pics once I carve a hickory handle and get it all hung.

Thanks for looking,
Matt P

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