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I forged this socket chisel/slick from a bicycle chain welded to an O1 steel backer. Heat treated it myself in the forge and my kitchen oven. The handle is redheart, finished with shellac and wax. This project was inspired by the Peter Ross DVD "Forging a Socket Chisel". Next time I'll try to get the socket to weld properly, but it seems to hold the handle very tightly regardless.  

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Very Awesome work! really amazing pattern you ended up with.

Thanks for the run through on pictures.

 

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Yes Thanks for the process picts. I'd never really given any thought to how that was done before.

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I have never seen chain Damascus that looked like that.  That is beautiful!  I hear you about welding up the socket, but the effect works with this somehow.  Good work all around.

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Wow, I missed this when you posted it.  That is pretty cool.  I like how it goes from refined at the business end to organic at the socket.

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Thanks for all the great comments.  

Hi Brian.  It's O1 steel at the cutting edge and throughout the backing, so I just did the standard HT for O1.  I get it to about 1500 F, soak for as long as I can keep the forge there, then quench in slightly warmed canola oil.  I tempered at 400 F in the kitchen oven for 2 hours, then did a differential temper to soften the socket and back of the chisel.  

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That is really something! Who would have thought ... from  a bike chain! Thanks for the process pics.

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