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Antique Hay Saw


JoeTheTyro

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Good evening,

 

I recently acquired a hay saw from an antique shop. This is a

picture of one very similar to the one i purchased.

 

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt...sa%3DN%26um%3D1

 

Sorry about the link being so massive. still trying to figure out how to

make hyperlinks.

 

Eventually I plan to make a sword from it, without much material

removal, and some structural reconfigeration. I was thinking of

forging the curve out of it, making the blade straight, and giving a

bevel to what used to be the spine. This is something that I plan

to tackle 7-10 years down the road. I want to make good knives

before I try to make a poor sword.

 

My questions are:

What should I expect for forge workability?

What kind of steel would this most likely be?

Would I be able to forge weld a highcarbon bit for a good

blade?

 

Thanks,

 

Joe

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sorry if it's off the point but it looks like a nice antique, are you sure you want to forge a blade from it instead of something else? its up to you :rolleyes:

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I'm open for suggestions. What would you recommend?

 

Joe

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I'm open for suggestions. What would you recommend?

 

Joe

 

I have seen them before but, then I come from deep in farm country origionally! I am not sure of the steel in it, it may be fairly soft as they have a thick body. If you are willing to wait on it. Then have the steel tested and then you will know wheter it will make a good blade or not and how to treat it!

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I have seen them before but, then I come from deep in farm country origionally! I am not sure of the steel in it, it may be fairly soft as they have a thick body. If you are willing to wait on it. Then have the steel tested and then you will know wheter it will make a good blade or not and how to treat it!

 

I'm definitely waiting on it. I don't want to tackle a project like this off the bat. Thanks for the help and suggestions. I have a friend at GE who works in the NC, he has a tester so i could find that out pretty quick.

 

Joe

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