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So I got a really good deal on some railroad spikes, and my son has been asking me to make him a "throwing" axe.  I took out a spike and gave it a shot yesterday.  I was planning on using the spike head as the blade end, but there is not a lot of metal there to make a decent sized axe head - does anyone make these out of railway nails?  I have thought of cutting the top of the nail in "half" and inserting a nice piece of steel in the end and welding them together to give it more material to get a good, broad blade out of it.

 

Anyway, anyone tried this? how has it worked?  Will try a google search and see what I can find, but so far you guys are my first choice to get info from! :)

 

Thanks again!

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That sounds like it would work, slitting and welding in a bit. Maybe upset the stock for the eye section or do a wrapped eye so that there was more material for the eye to support the head on the haft? Just some thoughts... Ive never worked with spikes before, although I do have a few.

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An old post, sure he figured it out by now but there are also steps on anvilfire #12 that details how to make one as was wanted.  Here's the one I made using those steps.  I haven't cleaned it up or sharpened it at all.

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This was the first ax design I had ever tried my hand at, because like you, I scored a sweet deal on some RR spikes. I found this article on anvilfire.com by Bill Epps. I upset the spike end to give myself more material to work with, then split and opened up the eye. Afterwards, I started drawing out the material using a fuller, then a cross peen, and finally a rounding hammer. Hope this helps! Here's the first one I did. Not the cleanest, but still my favorite piece I've done. I like a bearded look on stuff I forge. 2014-02-01_16-02-32_118.jpg2014-02-02_13-49-03_173.jpg

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