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Claw Hammer into a Cross Peen?

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Can you Forge a Claw Hammer into a Cross Peen?

 

 

Now this is a question I have been asking myself for a while now. I have an old Claw Hammer, which is actually pretty new, that could serve me much better as a Cross Peen. I know this may seem absurd but I would sincerely like to know if anyone has tried it before, or anything similar. I am new to blacksmithing and I have so many questions, but I thought I might as well start with a good (difficult) question. I think, if it were attempted,that  you would have to ( Forge?) weld the claw side together and then forge them into a triangle shape, then heat treat and temper it. Again I am a complete Newbie to Blacksmithing but I am willing to learn!!!

 

Thanks Guys,

 

Jakob

 

P.S. Here are some photos of the Hammer:

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Probably easier to get a $2 ball pein from a garage sale and turn the ball into a cross pein, would at least look like a forging hammer.

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Yes I can, No you probably can't until you get some skills under your belt.  Also clawhammers tend to be lighter than forging hammers with small faces.  So a task taking some pretty advanced skills to end up with a subpar forging hammer.  It would be easier to forge one from stock; say a nice beefy truck axle section. (check for hardenability before investing the effort!)

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Yes I can, No you probably can't until you get some skills under your belt.  Also clawhammers tend to be lighter than forging hammers with small faces.  So a task taking some pretty advanced skills to end up with a subpar forging hammer.  It would be easier to forge one from stock; say a nice beefy truck axle section. (check for hardenability before investing the effort!)

And trust me once you have the skill you will have little interest in doing this.

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And trust me once you have the skill you will have little interest in doing this.

NOOOOO! forging hammers and top tools is my favourite task! (when I have a striker)

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Thanks for the replies guys. And Drewy I know I could go to any garage sale and pick up an old hammer, but I was wondering if anyone had ever tried it. I just retrieved an Old Brake drum from a car, that I intend to fix up into a Forge. It may take a while but I will get there some day... ;)

 

Jakob

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NOOOOO! forging hammers and top tools is my favourite task! (when I have a striker)

I mean that forge welding the claw together on a carpenters hammer will seem like a silly thing to do once you have the skill to forge proper a hammer from scratch. 

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My wife bought me a couple of old claw hammers at a flea market the other day, I didn't have the heart to tell they were not intended for what I needed. After a little pondering I turned the heavier one into a texturing hammer by cutting shallow grooves in the face, I plan to just cut the claws off.

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why not round the claws up a little and forge the gap a little wider, BAM bending fork!

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why not round the claws up a little and forge the gap a little wider, BAM bending fork!

Hmm... interesting idea.

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