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First tomahawk


Sam Salvati

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Made my first tomahawk today. Watched Modern Marvels on axes and finally got the urge to get my buttocks off the couch and go do some smithing. Forged from W1 square bar, the eye hole was slot punched with a slot punch I made from 4140 1 inch round bar, then I drifted it to shape (first time I ever made and used a slot punch too, worked out very well). Hardened in Park's, then draw tempered with a torch (will do a 400F temper for an hour or two when I get my temper tank up and running again). the handle still needs to have the wedge finished and the metal wedges added. Here is pictures:

 

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Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Thanks guys! Deker, I was a bit intimidated I gotta say, the way I had been making eye holes was drilling a pilot hole the drifting it larger always left too little material for the eye, but using the slot punch made a HUGE difference, there is more than enough material for a nice strong sturdy eye. After solving the eye problem they are a hoot to make!

 

James, i tried it out a little bit on some pine, but once I get it fully hafted I will try it out on some hardwood.

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Looks awesome! Hard to believe its your first

J Anderson R

 

" Fools live to regret there words, wise men to regret there silence"- Will Henry

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Great job Sam! Now lets see another one ;)

Bob O

 

"When I raise my flashing sword, and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance upon mine enemies, and I will repay those who haze me. Oh, Lord, raise me to Thy right hand and count me among Thy saints."

 

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Very good Sam,

i like a lot the wrought finish!

 

 

Thank you Marco! Everything you see except for the ground in edge as well as just a bit of profiling around the beard and the top edge was shaped by the hammer, so I like to leave it to show :D.

 

Alan, you and Jake haveing that axe-gasm thread was a real inspiration and was very awesome, thanks. I don't know when I will try a wrapped one, I thought mono steel was intimidating!! But a wrapped wrought iron steel bit axe is one of my dream projects.

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Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Thanks David! Gonna try a few more ornamental type ones with some hot chisel work, now I have the basics down. Also want to try a double bit one:D.

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Thanks M!!!

 

Here is some more pictures, it is all finished!

 

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Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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Nice tool!

 

'Salut'

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

 

-Ronald Reagan

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Good work

Ben Potter Bladesmith

 

 

It's not that I would trade my lot

Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-

 

For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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nice lookin tomahawk you got there Sam. I've been wanting to try and make one myself, keep it up.

"One who is samurai must before all things" Keep constantly in mind, by day and by night. the fact that he has to die...

 

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16th Century

 

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Thanks guys!

 

 

nice lookin tomahawk you got there Sam. I've been wanting to try and make one myself, keep it up.

 

Ahh man Neil, you said it now you gotta do one that woud be awesome.

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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got two forge folded katanas i'm working on perhaps after that.

"One who is samurai must before all things" Keep constantly in mind, by day and by night. the fact that he has to die...

 

-Dai Doji Yuzon-

16th Century

 

http://sites.google.com/site/canadianliveblade/home

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That's friggin' lovely, man! I argee that the eye is very clean and well done. I also love the overall shape and symmetry of the whole.

What's up with the above the habd swell on the handle. Is that an index? It looks kinda cool.

 

Keep up the good work!

Hammering away at reality.

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