Jump to content
I Forge Iron

Made my first drift

Recommended Posts

I needed something to open up the bottle openers I've tried.  I didn't have a big drift and had no luck finding one reasonable.  went to the scrap yard and picked up a piece of steel that is about 1.25 inches.  Not sure what it was had an eye in it and an amateur welded foot on it.  It was about 9 pounds at 25 cents a pound.  a total novice, but the grind test showed it to be between mild and tool steel.  here are a couple shots.  would have worked it longer but the weld on my handle broke and I was getting worn out anyway.  I need to get a striker






Link to comment
Share on other sites

You don't really need a long tapered drift for bottle openers anyway. Good job. 

Moving larger martial sure is some work by yourself. Lately I had some 2 1/4" torsion bar that really made me work for it with 4# and 6# hand hammers. Good strikers are tough to come by and usually not a steady thing. <_<

Link to comment
Share on other sites

That’s a beast!  I don’t even have a hole in my entire shop that I could drive that through.  Kudos for the hard work forging that thing.  It looks straight and true.  Keep your eyes out for some barrel drift pins used by iron workers.  I got my hands on a bunch of them cheap and use them for drifting bottle openers and for forging the rounded lip on the opener.  I recently saw a Brian Brazeal video (he’s started posting to YouTube again) and he uses them as well.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...