Alan Longmire Posted January 20, 2015 Share Posted January 20, 2015 Some of you may remember many years ago I made a pattern-welded 4.5" pointing trowel for my mentor on his retirement, loosely based on Viking style spearhead designs. Recently another archaeologist contacted me to ask if I would make one for his own mentor's retirement. I agreed and made one blade. Thought it wasn't good enough, so I made another. And another. And one more... I'm finally almost happy with them. One has a muddy pattern and I don't like it. One has a prominent weld flaw, and one has some pitting. One is almost perfect, although they all have good and bad aspects. I am going to keep the weld flaw one for myself as a working tool, sell one, and give one to my current boss when he retires next year. Dunno about the runt, it's perfectly useful but ugly. Group shots: And few closeup glamor shots of the bottoms: and top sides: Specs on these are 4.5 to 5" / 11.5 to 12.5 cm) long from heel to point, 1.75 to 2" (4.2 to 5 cm) wide at the shoulders, and THIN full flat ground faces, around 0.046" (0.85 mm) thick. Steels used include for the center core either 1095 or W2 (some of each), 1018 for the wide white band, 7-layer twists of wrought iron, 15n20, and 1075 for the patterned part, and 1095 edge. Tricky little buggers to weld up and forge to shape, and a pain in the neck to grind, especially with that little spearpoint reinforced junction between tang and blade. HT was straightforward, although with a pucker factor in case those thin blades warped. I got a couple with slightly raised tips, but they straightened out nicely after tempering. They ring like bells, too. I'm trying to decide between antler or curly maple for my handle, with a silver ferrule of course. Other guy is providing some elk antler for his. Thanks for looking, I'm just trying to show I do still make stuff! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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