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On 1/1/2020 at 9:42 PM, jake pogrebinsky said:

Right on,Chris,glad you enjoyed it!:)

 

Here's another cool video pertaining to overlaying the bit:

 

Here the bit is not pre-shaped,also it appears to be more modest in size...

One must remember though that in Sweden of the time re-steeling an axe was a common and accepted procedure(kinda periodic,like re-soling a pair of decent boots).

So the eye and poll of an axe was viewed as a permanent part(small wonder,it';s not easy to forge),while the bit was disposable.

That is one of the reasons that there isn't really hard and fast rule for the angle of convergence of an axe blade....It was a sliding kinda deal....

  

 

 

I'm mostly imagining the astonishing quality of that iron he's using. You couldn't treat my wrought like that!

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Hey Dan!:)

 

No,i'd imagine that you're more likely to encounter some cruder,dirtier grades among the structural/architectural iron,even though they may pre-date this scene.

 

At the time this video was shot the industrial world had already found cheaper substitutes for that good Swedish iron...Ironmaking in Sweden was dying(this particular smith unemployed and almost literally starving at that juncture),exports of iron or tools from Sweden down to almost nothing.

 

Sweden had those lovely kinds of ore,+ centuries of experience in processing it,+ their coniferous charcoal...Both ore and charcoal pure as driven snow...

But the world no longer had any use for it.

 

A friend who uses an old Wira axe says that in sharpening,and even in handling the tool he can "feel" the loveliness of that iron...

 

 

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1 hour ago, Aiden CC said:

Got this profiled and heat treated this morning.

 

Sweet,Aiden.

You're hitting it very close to the holy Grail of axe-forging,minimum shaping by grinding.

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17 hours ago, jake pogrebinsky said:

 

P.S.

Ironically,this iron was not without it's own connection to England...(was Anything,in Industrial Age?:)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancashire_hearth

 

 

Years ago I was working on a big c.17th (I think?) restoration project down in London. All of the original iron was of course.... Swedish!

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Posted (edited)

Got a bit more done today. 

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The handle is roughly fit and shaped. It needs a little cleanup and fit adjustment tomorrow, then I’ll sharpen it and it will be ready to hang and oil. After using my first one a bit, I decided to make this handle a little slimmer and straighter with a larger radius on the palm swell. Definitely two pretty different hatchets. 

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so sexy 

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Aiden, you are screaming right along. Hat's off to you on these two.

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On 1/6/2020 at 7:54 PM, Joshua States said:

Aiden, you are screaming right along. Hat's off to you on these two.

Thanks! I’ve been working a lot to wrap up a handful of knives, but finally got it done. 
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I’m a lot happier with the cross section of this one, though I wish I had made the eye a little further back and used that material to make the bit a little longer. Definitely a better chopper than the first one, and after I fixed my drift, the hang went a lot better with no gaps in the eye. It fits in the same sheath, so I may just put another notch in the belt for now. 

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