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Arc welding tool steel to mild

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Anyone have any advice on welding tool steel to mild?
I was going to try to make a mini hatchet by using mild steel for the main part of the head and welding on some higher carbon steel for the cutting edge.
I suspect it comes down to rod selection and pre/post heating techniques.
Forge welding is out of my league for the time being.


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Well, I was shying away from forge welding... but I guess there's no time like the present!
I'll try forge welding some mild steel together first and then try the hatchet. I'm trying to make a VERY small hatchet, the head will be about the size of a business card.

Thanks for the help everyone!

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