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Forging hammers


Sam Salvati

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So, first let me say thanks to Aldo Bruno and Bob Eggerling. Without either of them I could not have managed to fulfill one of my life goals. Aldo introduced me to Bob and he allowed us to come over and hang out and helped us figure out how to put a nice eye in the hammer head blanks. Bob Eggerling, in case you've been living under a ROCK, is one of the world's premiere damascus makers, and IMO a true artist. He is also a top shelf tool builder, his hydraulic presses are second to none and he has alot of other neat tips and tricks around his shop that are really cool. Here's photos:

 

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Aldo and Bob's hammer, the first Say Mak imported into the US

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A Hammer bob's working on that has a mosaic damascus panel on the back

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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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Then we went to visit Dave Martell

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Dave had some nice knives in the works

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Then we went to a scrapyard, that was AMAZING

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And what did we find?

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Yes that is a vat of damascus billet cutoffs

 

Aldo picked this up, 12"x12"x18" A2!!!!

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And these:

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we got the hammers done, all before lunch!

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And Bob MOST EXCELLENTLY sourced perfect handles for us:

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And the man himself "Smitty" :)

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And here's hammer #1

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They are forged and heat treated 1045, with a hickory handle and weigh in between 2.2 and 2.5 pounds.

 

BIG THANKS TO MY FRIENDS BOB AND ALDO!!!!:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: I feel so lucky and blessed :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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I didn't get a chance to photo some of Bob's damascus, shucks looks like i'll have to go visit again :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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Sam - excellent man. that is a heck of a stack of hammers. Now, maybe all of the people who keep saying "I wish I could find a cutler's hammer or a Japanese forging hammer" will step up and buy 'em.

 

You should have shown a pic of the hammer's face, by the way.

 

Great work. Good people, too. I only wish I could have been with ya!

 

kc

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Sam,

 

Nice hammers you did..

 

I want to go next time too!!!!smile.gif wow..

 

and just what is in there & where did that box of scrap cut offs come from?

 

And Aldo how much weight can that truck carry? what a haul!!!!

 

and thanks for the pics of your shop Bob

 

Dick

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now that was totally cool !

 

making a pile of hammers, great friends, and a trip to a mega scrap yard... I'd be in hog heaven !

 

right on !

 

the rod on that one press is huge... someone does fool around with that set up ... its all business

 

 

Greg

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Thanks guys, glad you like it.

 

Doug, yes and yes very soon.

 

Dick, the Aldovan can carry 4100lbs!!!!! I love it.

 

Alan, me too.

 

Greg, Bob built those presses himself, they are the best I have ever seen hands down.

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 Neil! Here's video:

 

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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Man that 70 ton press sure makes my 20 ton air over hydralic press look pretty sadd.

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Nice video Sam... I should say Aldo... I recognize that laugh on the other end of the cam....biggrin.gif

 

So Sam you didn't say... what were all those cut offs or drops in that box in the junk yard.. were they scraps from Bob's shop?It looked like there was some damascus in there...

 

Dick

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had to take several peeks at those presses !

looks like there are large pieces of angle iron for the posts

 

such a nice design !

- i think i see how the guides work.. there must be a center plate the goes between the two posts

 

i'm swimming with ideas now..

 

this is exciting

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Sorry dick yes they were damascus cutoffs, ALL of them!

 

Vaughn, I could spend days in there to!! It was amazing :D

 

Neil the other two at IIRC 40tons were just as cool but that 70 was incredible. Bob regularly works HUGE billets, like 4" square by 12".

 

Matt, YOU ARE A FOOL!!!!!!!!!!! I would beg borrow and steal enough dough to keep that block in one piece!!!! A 12" square working surface with 18" of mass under it would pretty much be perfect, like being able to forge on a layout table LOL having seen it I highly recommend you keep it in one piece :D Yes there are hammers still available!

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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Can't wait till I get mine! ^_^

My life is like shaving with a razor sharp machete. It's a bit awkward and I feel a sting every now and then, but in the end I'm happy with the results.

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Thanks Neil! Here's video:

 

 

Sam,

Thanks for the video and that is a good tutorial. Did you try any of the smaller presses? Did Bob give you any idea which he prefers to work with ram moving up or ram moving down?

 

Jan

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Dick, thanks on the video. It was my 1st of many I hope.

 

Matt, it'll be on the saw 1st thing Thursday.

 

Everyone else, 400 lbs. Anvil for Sale!!!!

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Sam

 

I know what you're saying but ask Aldo about the logistics of moving a block o' steel that big(and I have no equipment to speak of besides some friends lured with the promise of free beer), not to mention the concept of heat treating 784lbs, say it with me, seven HUNDRED and eighty POUNDS of steel. It's going to be an interesting challenge to heat treat 390lbs. Oh man now I've said way too much.

 

 

Matt

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