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Making a 'mascus billhook (picture heavy)


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I've lost my old hook so I decided to knock a new one out, I like hooks for splitting firewood.

 

First I added a new 3HP motor to an old, small 100mm x 915mm (4" x 36") linisher.

 

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The platten was worn...

 

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...so under the grinder it went...

 

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...and soon all was well.

 

 

Some EN9 and a few bits of bandsaw steel (spark tests indicate that it is 15N20) were located...

 

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...and cleaned up on the grider.

 

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Before and after.

 

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Tack the layers together...

 

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... slap it in the oven...

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...add a bit of blacksmith's nose candy (i.e. borax)

 

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...get it hot again in the oven and then thwack it with the Blacker...

 

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...it's me hammering away...

 

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...knobbly bits were ground off..

 

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...billet was cleaned up and the two halves were used to sandwich 2 bits of bandsaw blade with a piece of 20C in the middle.

 

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Back in the heat etc...

 

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... welded up then drawn out so that the edge became the flat face.

 

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Then it was time for a brew.

 

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After coffee and cake I cut the billet in half then cut one of the halfs into 3 pieces. These 3 pieces were welded back together but welded side to side, not face to face.

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The other half plus this 'side by side' billet were used to laminate a piece of CS80; you know the score - heat, flux, big hammer etc.

 

The billet was ready for shaping into a billhook...

 

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A bit more curving...

 

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... and some more...

 

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...and after a normalising cycle or two, get the whole thing hot...

 

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...and straighten on the bench using a big lump of steel.

 

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Grind off the scale...

 

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...add some layout fluid (enjoy the smell)...

 

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...and after a quick burst on the platten...

 

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...and repeat...

 

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...then do t'other side...

 

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...a quick etch...

 

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...the flip side...

 

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Then after a sucessful HT in oil...

 

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...obverse side...

 

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Hi Bob

 

very sorry to see it... your tutorial was really cool

nice welding job.. just a shame the quench did what it did....the bill would have been an eye catcher

 

at least it looks like some of it is salvagable... for hilt parts and maybe some smaller knives..

 

that blacker is an interesting hammer.. does the job well

 

take care

Greg

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Nice tutorial, I have always wondered about pruning hooks, Thanks.

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Ouch, I learned about water the hard way myself. Maybe I should say I'm still learning about water as I'm far from having it completely understood. Great tutorial and I like to see the pictures as it makes for much better sharing of the experience. Thanks for taking the time to take the pictures and post them for everyone.

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oh the saddness--- very sorry about the cracking--- but hey live and learn as they say--- anyway-- love seeing tools/weapons other than knives and sword nice change of pace...that piece looked as if it would cleaved an arm or a knee joint as easy as it would a a limb from a tree---

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