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Fantasy Axe For A Friend

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by poppa bear, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. poppa bear

    poppa bear Member

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    So I was challenged by a friend of mine whom is an Odenist (worships viking myths for the lack of a better description and if there are any here I do apologize in advance)to make them an axe with some knife aspects.

    Of course the alpha male in me said "Challenge accepted"...

    So this is what I did.... (here goes and sorry for the lack of pics in advance other then the finished product).

    I ended up scoring there was a new guy whom was getting rid of a plate of 1080 steel for free so of course I snapped that up as soon as I could. it was 1/4"x3'x5' so I ended up getting a friend of mine with a pickup to drive me over and snipe that before anyone else could get it.

    I fired up the forge and thought well I have enough charcoal and coal that I could use to heat it up after getting the shape cut out.

    Cue the angle grinder, cut off disks and of course the flight of the Valkyrie at full blast on my phone just to put me in the mood... sorry no music from the show vikings.

    From that slab-o-metal and about 9 cut off disks later I cut a section that was 1'x5'x1/4" and grabbed my chalk and drew the shape of it that I wanted. Now keep in mind that this 1080 wasn't pickled so it was a little rusted. I cut the length of the handle to 3.75 inches wide and the blade is 12" in width. So after some TLC with a 80 grit fapping wheel to clean it up I cut the curve in for the hook of the blade (that took about another 9 cut off disks).

    I fired up the 3 hair dryers to get the coal nice and hot and tossed in the axe. After some time I forget how long because I stopped timing and just went off of the magnet trick it was ready for it quench. I quenched in a solution of 5 gal water, 5lbs salt, 2 big bottles of blue dawn dish soap and 2 bottles of jet dry (super quenching experiment #1).

    While the axe was heating up I thought about how to make the handle and remembered he wanted it to have knife aspects so I went to the wood pile (as I live in the middle of no where) and found a nice big piece of cider. I got cracking on the table saw and made the scales.

    Because it's an axe I put a nice flat grind at 20 deg on both sides following from the tip of the blade right to the spine of the blade.... nothing on the hook of the blade... I think you would call it a swage? not sure.

    Now I peened the cider scales on with 4140 1/4 inch rod.... and if you click the link you will see the finished axe... total time for this was approx 3 days.... He said he likes it but doesn't understand some of the jargon that I told him... so I put this to all of you for your input and critique of the work. Be harsh if you wish but please be honest.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8LRmz9QFmLMbWtvUmo4TWN0eE0/view?usp=sharing
     
  2. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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    Link not working
     
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  3. poppa bear

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  4. LeclairKnives

    LeclairKnives Active Member

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    I kinda like the shape, it does need more attention paid to the finish of both the metal and wood tho.
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    For the crook between handle and blade that can be smoothed out with a round carbide bit. Best place for them is a welding supplier.

    Or home hardware for a couple of round files, they have some. Nice course ones and chainsaw files for smoothing
     
  6. Chris Roy

    Chris Roy Active Member

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    I agree with Leclair, cool shape just needed a little more TLC. Good job man
     
  7. poppa bear

    poppa bear Member

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    Thank you guys
     
  8. Grayzer86

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    I kind of like the rustic appocolyptic look but as others have said it needs some attention to finishing.
     
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  9. poppa bear

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    The guy I got the plate from is a retiring knife and sword maker. So I trusted what he had to say. I can understand the sceptisisum (sorry for the spelling) about the quality of the metal. As I had said that this was my first attempt at super quenching.

    Thank you for the compliment on the design though.
     
  10. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Well I stand corrected man. My apologies. Sometimes I get a little overreactive about things like that. Like I said before I am a member of several large forums and since the "forged in fire" show, the web has been flat out bombarded by mostly kids, to the point I have stopped visiting several forums until it wears down. I am all about helping but many of them don't want to listen so lately I tend to be a little short in my judgements. The sad part is that many amazing makers who were present daily, with helpful posts and excellent advice, have completely given up on the forums and left. I will edit my original post so as not to mess up your thread any further.
     
  11. Grizz Axxemann

    Grizz Axxemann Active Member

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    I must be the only one around here who hasn't watched that show. But I don't even own a TV.
     
  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Watched part of one episode with high hopes, they got into all sorts of drama so switched it to the Simpsons. Actually bought a pile of gear and supplies before the show was aired and ended up on a job site for three months and now Oh you make knives like they do on TV.
     
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  13. Grizz Axxemann

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    That's the thing about shows like that. They suck the gear-heads, tech-nerds and other geeks in with the work being done, and then they suck the airheads and the clueless in with the semi-scripted, melodramatic all-to-typical-reality TV bullsh!t. It's why channels like Discovery, History, and OLN that were once my favorites to watch (Food Network ranked up there too) are now making me really happy that I got rid of my TV.
     
  14. poppa bear

    poppa bear Member

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    Thats the thing about how our society is. We would rather watch that then shows where we can actually learn something.

    Personally I watch forged in fire for two reasons. 1) just for design ideas, 2) see different techniques other then just heat up metal and pound it out.

    Then again I was taught how to read and learn more from forums like this. I admit I am a newbie but bladesmithing has always been an interest of mine long before forged in fire even came on.
     
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  15. bob682

    bob682 New Member

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    they call me the hobbit at work... thinkin of starting my own tv show....FORGED IN SHIRE !! hehe
     
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  16. poppa bear

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    Just call me brandybunk or touk lol
     

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