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Hammered Effect From Regular Bar Stock

Discussion in 'Working the Steel' started by bobbybirds, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Active Member

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    Hey all,

    Just wondering if any of you have played with getting a hammered/forged look out of regular bar steel? I love the look of hammered steel but am not yet set up to bash metal. Is there any methods of applying this look to my 1095 carbon steel? If I heated the metal and just went at it with a ball peen hammer hard enough to mark up the steel but not hard enough to actually affect its dimensions, will this work or create any issues? Are there any other methods to maybe consider?
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I've seen a knife made with random dimples in the steel. Made with a Dremel and a 1/4" ball carbide burr. Looked sort of hammered.
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    thinking hammered tone paint, yea probably won't work.
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    If you heat up the blade enough to move metal by hammering it, then you're ...well... moving the metal. At best you'll introduce stress that you will have to deal with and by the time you finish the blade, I'm not sure it will look any differently than it would have without the extra work.

    You could do less rough sanding so some of the pits and marks remain, then use a patina effect to give it something of a forged look.
     
  5. bobbybirds

    bobbybirds Active Member

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    Ugggh... In other words, probably forget it hey?
     
  6. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    If you heat the steel and hammer enough to mark it, you will induce stress as Myth stated. Also once the steel is hot and you start hammering it will move dimensionally to some degree, usually in curve that you will have to try to straighten. I have seen guys hammer it cold with a ball pein to give a texture but you are still inducing stresses that will have to be dealt with by normalizing the steel. Basically either way, the steel will need a normalizing treatment and anneal or you will likely have issues.
     

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