Well this is a project i did back during mid summer, but just got around to uploading pictures and making a thread for it. The initial commission was for a simple tomahawk for a coworkers father, as a 60th birthday gift. I decided i wasnt that interested in simple, and thinking i had lots of time, decided to try my hand at a multipiece welded head. The cutting core is made from cable damascus, sandwiched between 15N20, and then encased in a body forged from a grain truck axle. being that the blade is 5 layers, the term is technically go-mai rather than san-mai. In the first picture we see the stock in the forge. The start of what would become a far more time consuming and labour intensive project than i initially anticipated. Just a chunk of axle out of an old international grain truck from a friends junk yard. I missed a bit here but at this point i have the piece squared and have punched and drifted the eye open part way. To avoid splitting a future weld, i chose to drift close to final size before splitting and welding. I would do it this way again as i believe it prevents issues later on. This shows the piece after some further drifting, cooling and starting to split the piece on the band saw. I decided to just use the saw, for both time savings as well as accuracy. I knew after opening the eye, I would just make a big mess trying to hot split it. After sawing, the two wings were then seperated hot, with a chisel to allow me to fit the core. This shows the welded cable, Which i forged at the hammer-in this year, by hand first, and finished with the help of Cal and his awesome press. Now came time for the weld, so i went to the grinder to clean up both inside faces, as well as my layers, stacked them, tacked with the mig, fluxed the living hell out of it, and did my initial forge welding passes. After being damn sure the weld had set, it was time to start thinning and drawing out what would become the body, blade and cutting edge. I attempted to forge as close to shape as possibly and feel i did well, but next time, would leave more meat, to keep more core thickness. Once i had the shape to where i wanted and the thickness dialed in, (thinner than i should have forged in hind site) i had to re-drift the eye back to correct shape and size, as it had been badly distorted during the forging process. I ended up with a bit of a twist between the eye and the blade, which was corrected by clamping it hard in the vise, driving the drift tight, and twisting with a pipe over the drift, to get things lined up the way i wanted. Now that it was all square and straight, it was time to hit the grinder to clean it up. after cleaning up to 120 grit, it was time to heat treat and temper.