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Vessel by Jon Meyer
The Hobbit - Dwarvish mineral workers.
Lance of Longinus sculpture at the Evangelion exhibition at Parco, Shibuya.
How I forge a bearded rail spike axe:
- Upset the point into itself until the overall spike is about 3.5-4 inches. Tip: make sure to keep the heat only at the tip, especially at first. The more beard you want the more mass you need at the tip.
- Fan out the new mass by fullering with a cross pein hammer. Tip: get your fan shape about 50% of where you want it to go. Start curving the beard down at this step. Keep the head end in-tact.
- Fine tune hammering and shaping. Take it to final shape.Tip: now start stretching out the length once you have moved enough mass into the blade shape. Once it is drawn back out to length, fine tune the blade end with fine fullering perpendicular to the way you want to move the steel. Use a large ball pein hammer to help create the inside curvature.
Pair of knives that started life as railroad spikes. I definitely appreciate this level of craftsmanship, as my family used to be in the blacksmith trade. Impressive work.