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Old 05-18-2020, 01:05 PM
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Default Tomahawk From a Ball Peen Hammer

I am waiting on material for a couple jobs and was sort of looking for a quick project to do in the shop yesterday just to get out there, and stumbled across this old ball peen hammer head in a drawer. Not sure where I got it or why I never put a handle on it, but I decided it was about the right size to turn into a tomahawk with a spike poll.

The first challenge was I didn't really have any tongs that would hold it well. I settled on grabbing one side of the eye with 1/4" flat tongs and very clumsily hammering the ball peen into a square that I could hold with V bit tongs.

Once I could grab the peen end with the V bit tongs, I started working the other end down into the blade.

This is my first hawk and I was making it up as I went. It ended up and I was glad I didn't take the spike any farther from the start because in order to keep the blade the shape I wanted I had to stand the head up on end and upset the blade quite a bit to keep it from drawing out overly long and narrow, as well as to keep from getting a cold shut in the edge because I let it pucker too far.
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