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Justin’s Smithing progression. [PIC heavy]


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Well everybody the sword is done. For my first one ik am pretty pleased with how it came out. 24” of blade length. Weight is 1.75lbs. Balance point is 5.5 inches from the cross guard. Handle is blood wood. 

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Naw, not impressive enough!  It needs to be buried about 12" into the end of that stump to resemble King Arthur's sword.  Then I'd be impressed. :lol:

All kidding aside, without clearer, more detailed pictures, all I can see/say is it looks mighty nice.  Congrats.

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I forged a 2.5 lb cross peen hammer from 4140. 15” hickory handle. Think I’m slowly getting better at this. I recorded it so hopefully I’ll have a video about it soon. Want to start making forging videos 

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I accidentally made these tongs massive. And messed up  The jaws a bit but I made some bolt jaw tongs to hold 1.5” round stock because I’m tired of having poor grip on my stock. They work though so it’s all fine. Forge welded reigns 

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Well today was a challenging project. A forge welded swivel shackle. Nice and heavy. Spins freely the top loop was forge welded and the holes for the bolt on piece that separates are also forge welded 

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Good GOLLY you're getting good at this quick!  Tongs are a "BIT" large maybe you can move your anvil from a distance now?  You did a nice job on them regardless. The leaf looks very nice, a little refinement developing leaf veins and those will sell like hotcakes.  What do you have in mind for that fine looking swivel shackle? 

Frosty The Lucky.

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Haha thanks frosty! The tongs measure close to 6 inches across from the center of each jaw. The 1.5 inch round looks small haha. Accidentally made industrial tongs I suppose. The leaf could be beter but I was having a hard time holding and wanted a basic style to see the iron grain well. If I can get a better bar of iron they would make great key chains. This is in fact going on a key ring. The swivel shackle will be used if I have to rotate any heavy things in my garage or at the farm. I’m rather happy with how it came out. Especially that it all rotates free and easily 

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Working on a wrought and steel hammer so I’m consolidating lots of iron  aiming for a 3.5 lb rounding hammer so I’m gonna make a billet of about 4.25 lbs. 1 lb so far. Going from horse shoes. 1045 will be used for the faces

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also started something new. Can anyone guess what it is?

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Looks like a housing for a ribbon burner to me?

I’m not an expert by any means, but I would recommend higher carbon steel for the faces. They are fairly small pieces and with very low carbon in the wrought iron, due to carbon migration, there may not be much carbon left in those after several welding heats.

Just my two cents...

David

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You’d be correct goods! Ribbon burner work in progress. Never thought of the carbon migration issue. I’ll use something higher carbon just to be safe. 5160 maybe. 
 

yup. Thanks jhcc 

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