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I had a handful of rusty old wrenches that I had sitting around the bottom of a toolbox I got at a yard sale last year... This was one of the more educational experiences for me, I forged it a bit too thin, so I cannot remove enough material to give a nice clean grind without compromising the integrity of the blade. IMG_20170401_135830657.jpg

Hot cut one side of the wrench off and forged it close to shape... I was able to stretch the finger hole to size by heating it and tapping it onto the back of a ball peen hammer...

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lining out the blade shape

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scale cleaned off, and deciding on the grind shape...

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surprisingly comfortable in the hand, just a little straightening to do, then quench this weekend... Hopefully it doesn't self destruct

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I had the opportunity to run a chemistry on a Snap-On wrench once.  It came out as something along the lines of 1045 (0.42-0.43C if memory serves).  Your wrench may be something else, of course.  

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Interesting.  The guy at the now-offshored Snap-on factory here told me it was 5160.  Maybe the ones they made (socket wrenches) were, and the open-enders are 1045?

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4 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Interesting.  The guy at the now-offshored Snap-on factory here told me it was 5160.  Maybe the ones they made (socket wrenches) were, and the open-enders are 1045?

Possible, but I can assure you that the open end wrench I tested was certainly not 5160.  It was a decent size wrench, somewhere in the 3/4-1 in range.  

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