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Sam Salvati

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PostPosted: Fri 30 Jul, 2010 5:31 pm    Post subject: Cutler's hammer 2         Reply with quote

awhile ago I asked Jesus Hernandez about getting some detailed measurements of his offset hammer which is the "real deal", and he most courteously did in great detail. I was doing alot of thinking on them and how they were made or how I thought they were made, and it gave me a great starting point. This was the hammer I made based on what I learned from the specs Jesus sent me, and tried to put into practice. The main trick to these is slitting and drifting the hole at an angle, and how to play with that angle, and how I guess they did it (due to the beautiful simplicity of the technique) was that the angle of taper from the face to the butt was fairly close to the angle of the handle, because when you forge them, you taper the whole block of steel then slit and drift the eye hole, the hammer blank being tapered sits flat on the anvil at the right angle. The handle is not yet fully mounted hence the wedge stickin' out. Hammer Head is 1045, handle is hickory as is the wedge. I think when I get the chance to put the handle in for good, I will use a small chunk of tamahagane that Rick Barrett made for the wedge, for Mojo Big Grin. I left the handle long because I can always cut it shorter if I prefer.

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