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My father-in-law found this on the road out in the country and asked if I was interested, and if I could do something with it.  I told him one way or another I could.  I knew I could at least make a cultivating hoe, but wanted something more.  My son and good friend and mentor made fun of my product upon completion of forging.  I used a piece of leftover handle from a hammer I built for forging.  And the pins are from scrap A/C captubes.  The cheap file hardness tester shows it to be 52+ hardness.  1960s brand hook.  

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So, you took that hook and reforged it out into that knife? Am I getting that right?

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Yes; although I don't think it will hold an edge very well.  I will probably use it for weeds limbs and general machete work.  

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14 hours ago, Joshua States said:

So, you took that hook and reforged it out into that knife? Am I getting that right?

Sorry about not quoting your reply directly; still trying to learn etiquette here.  

 

I forgot to say that the hook being the age it is may be the reason I got it to 52+ hardness.  I think the modern hooks may/may not have enough carbon to harden.  I was fully expecting it to be like a rail spike.  I am still planning on chopping a sappling down to see how it does.  It should be very tough.

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Those hooks, both past (after about 1950) and modern, are going to be a medium carbon like 4140, something that will harden into the low 50s Rc, but still be tough enough to pass any OSHA test. Grab hooks like that are designed to bend when the rated load capacity has been exceeded so you know it's time to replace them.

 

And they should make a great beater machete!  

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Thanks for more information.  Kind of what I found but less specific than the information you have.  Now it makes sense.  Hope to chop dow a couple 6" sapplings to see how it holds up.

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On 5/19/2024 at 7:01 PM, Gabe Rathe said:

Yes; although I don't think it will hold an edge very well.  I will probably use it for weeds limbs and general machete work.  

But it will sharpen really easily, which for a general hacking blade is great.

Good work.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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20 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

But it will sharpen really easily, which for a general hacking blade is great.

Good work.

You're right; I wasn't really thinking about it when I made it.  Was just enjoying the process and completion.  Thanks for the insight.

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