What hand forged items would you like?

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  1. Lisa West

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    We still sell a lot of things like squirrel cookers(BBQ fork), dinner bells and fire pokers but mostly at craft fairs..Is there any tools or hardware that you can think that would be benificial to you? What would you guys like to see here?
     
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    Leather awls would sell very well. And a good forged one can be hard to track down at a decent price.
     
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    sewing needles
     
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    I agree with Skab.. i would love to see a nice compact, hand forged awl.. i have wanted one for a long time..
     
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    Yep! I was thinking the same thing.
     
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    marlinspike.
     
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    I have an idea but do not know if it is commercially viable. I was thinking of four "spikes", maybe 12-18" long, with a protrusion on the side, near the top. You store them in a leather pouch or suede wrap.

    When you set up your campfire, you hammer the spikes partially into the ground around the perimeter of your small campfire. Then you lay a grill on the protrusions. In a sense, I guess it functions like a collapsible grill.

    This is probably a silly idea. But I just thought I'd throw it out there.

    - Woodsorrel
     
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    You'll never go wrong with any sort of blade with this crowd. I've been eyeballing some of your choppers.

    I'd really be interested in what sorts of hanging/standing candle lantern/candelabras you could produce.

    Other than this I'd say campcraft items would do well. Stakes (ie tent stakes), flint strikers, cooking grills, tacks/hooks, links and the like. Semi-permanent camps are a recent "thing" here at BCUSA and the implements to make a nice one would be a popular selling item.

    Good luck!
     
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    Personally, I've been eyeballing squirrel cookers for awhile now. I just haven't been able to talk myself into getting one.

    The other thing I've been looking for is some sort of spiked hook that could be driven into a tree and hang my backpack from it while setting up camp.
     
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    when i was smithing at events small folding trivits and grills sold well 6x6 inchs,candle spikes to hold candles from falling over just push in the ground. spear point/back up knife, traditional adze heads that lash on, hook knives, a boring awl that works for sewing or woodworking (mors shows one in his tool kit video) folding handles you can rivit on a skillet with a socket for a wooden handle. metal spikes for walking sticks.

    these were just some of the better sales i used to carry. all pretty simple to make.
     
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    One thing I am planning on doing is a flat arrow style blade that can be fixed at the base of a walking stick.

    Not sharpened and a flat at the base rather than a point.

    It would be useful as a digging tool. Just a thought..
     
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    Belt buckle striker. And no, I still haven't found an example to show. lol.
     
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    oh man. I like that idea.
     
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    Some nice little flint strikers would be good.
     
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    I agree with the awl's. small folding grill.
     
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    How about some kind of take down/take apart rotisserie for over the fire.
    Have it be 2-3 sections that go together for use and break down for packing out.
    Could even have offset points for roasting multiple tree rats at one time for when you have guest or want to fix alot of hotdogs for the kiddo's.

    See what my brain does when I read squirrel cooker...

    No matter what you do I know it will be well made. Still loving my tomahawk striker.
     
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    Ditto
     
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    Rail road spike knife

    I have seen some realy nice spike knives with the twisted handle. I have some, I found in my garage. PM me and I will send you a couple if I can have one back after you make it a knife.
     
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    fancy striker (i think it's called a monkey tail, U-shaped with a long twist, not C shaped),
    small PSK knife,
    belt-buckle/striker, and
    maybe some sort of fire grill/grate that folds up really small (like this one by Finbar).
     
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    +1 on awl but I would like to see them in two sizes. A standard (larger size) and a small one like Skab made from a nail. I would use both. Perhaps offer them singles and as a set.

    Had to edit because typing before coffee is dangerous to the English language.
     
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    +1 on awls that can take an antler push handle or the like ...
     
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    Awl and marlin spike.
     
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    Have seen others post already put my short list is a hook knife and I like the spike candle holders
     
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    Ditto on the awl.....thanks for asking
     
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    Spear head would be cool
     
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    1. A small mouse hawk and or something like the GB mini. The hawk should have a hammer end. That would be nice to hammer tent pegs during winter when the rocks are frozen to the ground and split small kindling. Sometimes I want to carry a hatchet or axe but most aren't UL enough for longer range hikes with a full pack.

    2. A hawk head made to be hafted on a stick like people do with the CS trail hawk would also be nice. Just an UL head with eye that is agreeable to being hafted in the field.
     
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    a nice ulu
     
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    Inexpensive log dogs.
     
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    Great idea.
     
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    I would like to see the squirell cookers....Cant find them around here.

    J
     
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    Fireplace Tong/ Log Grabber
     
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    I would add my interest for awls.

    Round-smooth, triangular and four-sided both sharp edges. Diamond-sharp and small would be great too.

    All, or should that be awl, set in antler.
     
  34. Lisa West

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    Ill definitly look into the Awls..If someone could please point me to a picture/diagram of a proper Awls geometery that would be great..Something that you guys would like?
    Also thanks for all the otehr ideas..Ill post some pics of the smith items we have made later tonight..Like the squirrel cookers.
     
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    Ae you talking about the log dogs to hold a log across another log or the smaller kind that set on the ground?
     
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    I agree, an affordable GB mini clone would be terrific.
     
  37. Lisa West

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    Heres a few otehr things..
    Pokers with a basket twist..
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    Few things at a craft fair.
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    A sample squirrel cooker..
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    A fish spear Phillip made a long time ago for a man in upstate MN I think?
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    For a smooth round...sort of sharp awl this is my favorite...

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    This is about a 2.5" long simple tapered awl...the tip can be polished to a very sharp point or slightly blunted for some leather work.



    This forged four-sided with sharp edges is something I think many people would like.

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    This one has a tapered square spike with twist about 4" long. A similar one with a triangle blade would be nice...tapered from handle to point though rather than having the same sized stock. This would be a reaming awl for punching/drilling into wood. It would be up to about a quarter inch+ or so at its widest and tapered to a very sharp point.


    The flat diamond awl that I would like to have is a slightly more robust version of this leather working diamond awl. It will make a diamond shaped hole in leather for stitching. It would have a cutting edge on both sides and be about 2 mm wide.

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    Here is a better view of the 4-sided awl.

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    i looked at a few of the woodworking retailers and saw what they were asking for log dogs :34: Im sure we could a good bit better than them:3:
     
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    A holdfast would be nice.
     
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    I would like a square or diamond shape leather awl like Schwert posted. Also a scraper for scraping deer hides when brain tanning. It would be like a ulu knife but not sharp and have rounded corners.
     
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    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for asking us for input.

    I have to echo the many for the awl. A good example of what I am referring to can be found on the Ray Mears Bushcraft website. The stitching awl is around 7 inches long and about a 1/4 inch at its widest point becoming narrower toward the tip. A photo of the awl and the link are shown below.

    http://www.raymears.com/Bushcraft_Product/713-Stitching-Awl/

    Steel_Awls.jpg

    Schwert has a few beautiful examples as well!

    Thank you.

    Mark
     
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    I think i draw knife would be cool.
     
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    You probably have already made a froe...but I would like one of those too.

    About a 12 inch blade, 1-1/2 inches wide and around 3/8" thick.
     
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    Cooking utensils with long handles. Spatula, fork, spoon, ladel (sp?), tongs. I cook over an open pit at home frequently. Can't find long handled tools to keep me away from the heat that don't have wood or plastic on them.
     
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    blanket-pin-awl.jpg

    That's the combo awl / blanket pin / flint striker that some of the folks have mentioned in this thread.

    It's an ingenious idea for combinatorial, multitool utility.

    If you made some of these, Lisa ... I would be very interested!
     

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