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First "hack" at an axe

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It's not a first stab at an axe because axes don't stab. Haha.  Anyway I am getting ready to start on my first axe head. I've done some knives and I've done some forge welding.  The question I have is this:  Should I cut the slit and drift the hole for the handle before or after I hammer out the blade and forge weld the bit in.  This will not be a wrapped style of axe head by the way.

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Definitely slit and drift the eye, but dont worry about getting it perfect to size for your handle first because the eye will distort as you shape the blade. 


I was talking to Elmer Roush this weekend and he was talking about another technique where you can slit the back all the way open, then wrap the back around a drift and forge weld it. I had never seen that before. I thought it was a pretty cool idea. 

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