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First step towards a kit


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I have been tinkering around with knife making for a couple of years. In a few month I move in to my first house in Sweden an have decided to set up a small shop with a forge.

I have found or got these hammer as gifts and now is  time to blow new life in to them.


The are 2.6; 2.0; and 0.9lbs (top to bottom)





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Steam cleaned the handle.


Sanded down to 225 grit ready to be died with black leather die (narvsvärta).


Dries fast in the sun so i added thee layers.


Epoxy and black pigment to cure starting splinters an fill larger dings and sett the head.


Two layers of Danish oil to seal the die in the wood. Applied 4 hour appart and den rubbed with a sock to give it a mat finish.


Head steam cleaned and brushed with window cleaner and brass wire brush. First pair done!


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Note, a hard hammer face is not a bad thing. As long as you don't kit something hard with it.
How hot and how long did you temper the head in the oven?
What radius is the pein?
Look forward to seing the reciting of the second cross pein.
Do you plan to forge a pein on the third hammer?
Sorry for the string of questions...

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Tanks guys! i baked it for 30 minutes at 230C. It got a faint straw yellow hue.


The third hammer was found in a abandoned U-boat shipyard and i think its was used to sett rivets and chiselling. Its name is Tors ME2. My plan was to make a drawing hammer with a squared faced rolled top to bottom on one side and rolled side to side on the other.


Is the a better use for it? :)

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