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Starting stock was 1 ¼ round mild steel. Upset it and worked into the desired dimensions. I didnt measure it just eyeballed it and called it good. :)

 

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punched the eye with my new axe eye punch. Resized_20200826_080818.jpegResized_20200826_080822.jpegResized_20200826_080800.jpeg

 

Split the edge in preperation of welding in a high carbon bit.

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I used a forklift fork that was originally a really big leaf spring for the bit. 

 

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I forged the section I split down to create a scarf to help blend the weld into the bit. 

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now I have to grind everything clean and prep for welding in the bit. 

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here it's in the forge with the bit in place. Screenshot_20200826-094859_Gallery.jpg

 

and its welded!!!Resized_20200826_100108.jpeg20200826_100137.jpg20200826_100143.jpgResized_20200826_100128.jpeg

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Forged another axe this morning. Forged out of ⅜x2x3 inch angle iron with a railroad track bit welded in. 

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I think the weld popped at the eye though. Resized_20200828_162016.jpeg

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This is where the first axe is at. I have some grinding and some more forging to do.  As of now it weighs 44 ounces 

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Boric acid really eats away the steel when used as a flux. 

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Wait 'til you mix up anhydrous borax, boric acid, and 5% fluorspar.  :ph34r:  Actually, don't do that.  

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Collared axe forged from big brush hog blade for the body and railway rail for the bit and poll.

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Forged another axe. I know I need to start finishing them but it's so much fun making them. This one was a fun one until the weld popped open in the quench. Resized_20200909_130844.jpegResized_20200910_064821.jpegResized_20200910_064749.jpeg

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Forged these axe eye tongs this morning. I always seem to make my tongs too heavy. 20200910_101033.jpg20200910_205025.jpg

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Two more tongs to help with axe making. The left ones are to hold the drift and the right ones are to manipulate the billet under the power hammer. 

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