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Offline sgtmcboom

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First hand forged tomahawk head
« on: March 15, 2016, 01:58:05 PM »

 I told myself my 15 lb harbor freight anvil would not do it but I went for it anyway. Tomahawk head made of 1075 knife steel. Forge welded together with lots of heat and borax I am very happy with the results just need to make a leather mask for it.




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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2016, 03:57:58 PM »
Super job!  For those who don't do smithing, a forge weld is not easy and a large one is especially difficult.  Getting the entire area fluxed and properly seated for the final forging is a black art.  Well done, Sarge! 
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2016, 04:10:52 PM »

Thank you yeah it was interesting to say the least getting sprayed by molten laundry detergent but my clothes smelled fresh. I decided to make a mask/sheath for it as well out of some hobby lobby scrap my first time putting a button on leather as well.




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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2016, 05:38:04 PM »
Nice!  Get that thing hafted! 
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2016, 06:50:05 PM »
Wow, nice job!

Did you use some kind of mandrel to get the taper in the eye?

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2016, 06:52:39 PM »

 I used a piece of 3/4 hard steel pipe from the flea market and had my friend hold it while I beat it around this to get the shape. Seamed to work fine lol

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2016, 07:51:00 PM »
Very nice work......especiall y for a guy that is new to the game.   I am very impressed!  :hail:
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2016, 04:16:31 AM »
That turned out great.  Looks like you've been at it for a while.  Well done.

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2016, 04:27:58 PM »
That's awesome. I've done very little hammerin' but I hope to forge a hawk one of these days.  :cheers:
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2016, 07:10:39 PM »
Great job , nothing wrong with that at all !

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2016, 07:14:17 PM »
Very nice looking forward to it finished and a little testing. The sheath looks great also.
What a great day to be outside.

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2016, 07:23:24 PM »
Well done, looks like you have a natural talent for it.
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2016, 11:17:26 AM »


Went out back and found an oak branch that would work for a temp handle enough to do some testing. It sure holds and edge and will chip down wood pretty quick.


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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2016, 12:17:23 PM »
SgtMcBoom, don't use 20 Muleteam Borax or Boraxo soaps.  Look for plain old Borax with no additives.  Also, I did not see anything about the heat treatment.
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2016, 12:31:58 PM »


   I heat treated it like I do any of my knives. I bring the head to non magnetic and then dunk the edge in this case 2 inches deep directly into the cooking oil for 2 second then dunk the rest of it in there. Then after I just clean everything off of it I use a small oven I have set up for tempering and put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 2 hours then pulled it out and dunked it into room temp water. Its 1075 steel so it is usually pretty forgiving for heat treating.

I only found 20 muleteam Borax at the local dollar general. I may have to try Walmart or a place with a wider selection. I have seen plenty of videos where they use the 20 mule team Borax as there flux of choice I did not know there was anything different I will keep an eye out.

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2016, 12:52:37 PM »
OK, sounds right as rain.  I think I found the borax at Walmart but I can't remember for sure.


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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2016, 12:59:33 PM »


 LOL yeah sorry about the heat treat I have done it enough to forget about including it as well lol :)

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2016, 02:43:37 PM »
Awesome!  Good choice on the steel too!

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2016, 05:18:11 PM »
  Looks like it fell out of Meriwether Lewis' pocket!
If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2016, 06:42:01 PM »
Where do you get 1075 Steel plate?  Mostly all I see is flat bar and round bar.
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2016, 08:54:29 PM »

 It was 1075 flat bar 1.75 inches wide x 1/8th thick I have been using to make some thinner bushcraft knives and skinners. http://www.admiralsteel.com/shop/

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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2016, 09:42:39 AM »


I put a new handle on this and now it looks so much better. Well "new" as in old hickory handle from a old tool that was broke hand whittled down to the right size.


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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2016, 02:14:34 PM »
Thats fantastic!
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Re: First hand forged tomahawk head
« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2016, 06:16:26 AM »
That turned out real nice. I like the handle, looks like it's been there for a long time.
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