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Grayzers Viking KITH

Discussion in '2013 Winter KITH' started by Grayzer86, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Well no pictures yet as I am not even sure what my final plan is but figured I would start my thread while waiting on some steel to heat up. No hints as to what I'm working on so far, but as of right now it's an 8 inch piece of round stock 1.75 inches thick. Just squaring it is making me wish I had a power hammer.
     
  2. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    I know that feeling. I felt that last night drawing out a chunk of 5169.
     
  3. Grayzer86

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    Well I worked for about an hour or a little more again the other night until I ran out of propane which was poor planning. I am starting to get a general shape worked out but it's taking quite a while. I can't help but think I should have started with a different piece of stock that was even remotely close to the shape I was after. Having fun and enjoying watching it take shape but a guy can only swing that 6 lb hammer for so many hours at a time. I did pick up a nice 4lb hammer the other day, which doesn't move as much metal but is considerably easier to swing for extended periods.
     
  4. metal99

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    You should convince somebody to strike for you!
     
  5. Grayzer86

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    I tried to get my dad to strike for me but he has a blown shoulder for the time being. I would almost be scared for the anvil though lol. He swung a framing hammer every day for 30 years and still does, and I have never seen anyone swing a post maul as fast or as hard as him. Unfortunately my girlfriend isn't overly skilled with a hammer. ( get your minds out of the gutter ) lol
     
  6. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    Do you have a fuller head you use as well. I've got one and it helps a bunch. Fair but lighter, then I got back and smooth out with the hammer. Still alot of pounding but it seems to go quicker. I would still like a hydraulic or power hammer. Looking forward to seeing pictures.
     
  7. metal99

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    Hey man, could you post a picture of your fuller head?
     
  8. Grayzer86

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    Just wanted to post up a couple quick pictures. First off is just a shot of my temporary forging area. Followed by a couple other shots of what I am working on. Not sure what my end plan is however I decided to start a few different projects and see how they go. So far I am working on a mid sized saex, which I forged out today, and what is at some point intended to look like a bearded axe. It's not going quite as planned but as a first attempt I will continue and see where it goes as well.

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  9. metal99

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    Lookin good man! What's the tool in the first picture on the bottom left? I just got two of them from an old blacksmith shop and I'm curious as to what they are actually for lol.
     
  10. stevebates

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    Looking good Grayzer!!
     
  11. Brad

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    Great start, coming along nicely. Are you going to leave the flats forge finished?
     
  12. Grayzer86

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    Sorry Jules not sure exactly which one you are asking about. If you mean the one on the stump night by the blue pliers, that's my tomahawk drift I use for forming eyes on my hawks.
     
  13. Grayzer86

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    At this point I'm not quite sure yet whether I will leave some forge finish on or not. I did some surface grinding last might on it to make sure it was nice and flat, so some hammer marks are gone already. I should have soaked it to eat the forge scale first but got impatient, and let me tell you, that scale just destroys belts.
     
  14. metal99

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    It's the one leaning up against the stump on the left side of the first picture. It almost looks like a super dull axe but I know it's not an axe.
     
  15. Grayzer86

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    Oh I got ya now. That beast was a 3 dollar garage sale find actually. It's a 6lb straight peen hammer, which is really about the max I want to swing one handed anyway. The face and peen are pretty rough but it moves a lot of metal. I plan to clean the faces up but just haven't gotten around to it yet. I picked up a few at that yard sale and I think they are old cp rail hammers. I also picked up a very odd 12 lb hammer that has an offset drift like a Japanese hammer but bigger, a 12 lb spike driving maul, and various other small stuff. I spent about 30 bucks total and that included the tablesaw that gave up its motor for my 2x72, and so much other random crap in boxes that I had to take the car home and come back with my truck lol.
     
  16. metal99

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    Yeah that's the one! They just don't seem like hammers, to me they look like something meant to be struck by a hammer. You know what I mean? I have one that's around 5 pounds and one that's gotta be almost 15 pounds and the handle eyes seem way to small for something that's meant to be swung by hand.

    That's one heck of a good deal on all that stuff! Could you post a picture of the 12 pound hammer? It seems pretty interesting.
     
  17. Grayzer86

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    I know what you are saying for sure. I will try to snap a few pictures as soon as I can. The hammers and other junk is all in my dads shop, so I will have to swing by there when I am out and about. I agree that these offset hammers and particularly the ones with tiny handle drifts, seem moe like a struck tool rather than a lone striking tool. I see no way the big offset hammer I have could be swung around windmill style like a post maul with any accuracy at all. Seems like it would be very difficult to avoid handle rotation
     
  18. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    Here's a pic of the fuller head. Third from the left. Sorry it's the only pic I have and it's not great. Looks like its meant to be struck but I use it stand alone.
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  19. Ryan Ladurantaye

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    All that is part of the lot of tools I found to get me started. Then there's the anvil, forge and a handful of other hammers that were included as well.

    I like how your kith is coming along. Can't wait to see some more progress pics.
     
  20. Rob W

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    wow nice score !!
     

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