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First try at a trade axe


Hogan Baker
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Well, I played around with forge welding today and decided that it was time to actually make something, so I figured that I would try to make a trade axe. I wasn't really sure what I should make it look like, but I kinda just started and this is what I ended up with.

 

I made it by looping a piece of 1 1/4 iron and weld it to either side of a chunk of rail road E clip. It really isn't as off centered as it looks in the pictures. There is just about 1/4 to 1/2 of steel showing on the edge of either side. Right now, in these pictures I have not done the heat treat or filed any on the edge. I plan to leave as much as possible with the as forged.

 

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Does it look anything like a little trade axe? What should I do to make it better next time? From some of the pictures that I have seen, I think that I should:

-Keep the top of the axe flat.

-Make the axe longer by and inch or two.

-File some notches in the top of the axe.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

~Hogan Baker

"Stale water is poor drink. Stale skill is worse. And the man who walks in his own footsteps only ends where he began."

 

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Are you welding in the little charcoal forge! Good job. I have the same one. I don't use it much any more though since getting a propane forge.

Edited by Luke Shearer

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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Yep, you're on the right track. B) Flat on top, maybe a little bit of a notch just ahead of the eye on the bottom. You don't often see filework on originals. On hawks, yes, on that type of axe, not so much.

 

Keep it up!

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Ok, thanks for the suggestions!

 

I welded it up in my cousin's coal forge, I was too chicken to try charcoal.

 

~Hogan Baker

"Stale water is poor drink. Stale skill is worse. And the man who walks in his own footsteps only ends where he began."

 

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