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I forged this axe eye punch this morning. To replace the cut devil I've been using. This has a much thinner profile than the cut devil. I did heat treat a section of the body and eye to keep it from bending. But left the striking end and the working end normalized.

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Nice, but what alloy did you use?  leaving the face of the tool normalized should be OK as long as your punching through something softer than your punch. The worst experiences I've had with a punch is one that deforms in the eye and locks itself in the eye. Although my slot punch had about 1/8 for its working face, and I just could not keep it cool enough while slot punching a 1in bar.  That was more my inexperience.

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This was made from 5160(?). It was an old leaf spring that was turned into a forklift tine for a tractor. It was given to me by a good friend of mine who dropped off a load of steel to me to play with. 

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