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As you may guess by the above comment, I found the time to watch the second one, and am even more impressed!  I had heard of, but never seen, an axe steeled that way.  And I used to forge with a corncob pipe in my mouth quite a bit. B)

I rewatched the first one and saw this

 

Different guys, I think; definitely different methods.  Towards the end they show a wide variety of traditional Swedish axe forms. 

Sorry for the hijack, Jake, I just could't resist!

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I love when Dahlgren dips his hammer in water repeatedly around the 6 minute mark in the first video and puffs of steam shoot out. 

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14 hours ago, jake pogrebinsky said:

The man in this video is thought to be Carl Frederik Dahlgren.

This video was astounding. I loved it when he rested his left knee on the horn, held the tongs on his thigh and used a hot cutter and hammer. 

5 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

Different guys, I think; definitely different methods. 

These guys ain't messin' around!.

 

An Jake is absolutely correct about the tong-hand functions. Watch these vids and focus on what the tong-hand does. I was flabbergasted.

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Totally,guys...I'm so happy you dig these crazy obscure documentaries!

I can only sign under everything said above...My favorite scenes from Wira are also when he welds the blade on,and cuts it on the hardie the Same heat!:)...I also Really like that he takes that flat-stock,1/2"-ish stuff originally,and handles it in such a manner that after welding and largely shaping the eye,he Still had enough in the poll-end to suddenly forge it up over the anvil-edge into a decent,massy squared-off poll....

Yes,there's tons and Tons of most valuable data there,SO much to learn...Thanks,Alan,yes,those other guys are great too,also very important clues to SO much there...

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21 hours ago, Alan Longmire said:

It IS,Alan,for sure...

Frankly,i have a number of puzzling moments reading the description of their process...

BUT,power to them,for sure,my blessings on Anyone trying to produce axes,my nit-picking criticism is neither here nor there...

Darn it all,guys,my day-job is really catching up now,i've pried myself out of the forge,and will soon do a Cheshire Cat on the forum...:(...Though i still hold a glimmer of hope to ht some of the later forgings...(how i'd love to hang at least one,and swing it a time or two,but that's probably out of the question:()

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