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Forging a proper Viking Axe

Discussion in 'MP Knives' started by 556mp, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. 556mp

    556mp Bushmaster Vendor Bushclass I

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    Here are some of the steps involved in forging a Proper Viking Axe, with a forge welded bit, tapered eye, and correct shape. It would have been used for everything, but is set up to excel at carpentry work as well - with the offset bit and non symmetrical edge bevel.

    It starts out as 1" square A36, about 4" long. The one side then gets "upset" to build up the material for the front portion of the axe, and the rear section stays about 1" square for the eye. Next the hole that will become the eye is hot punched slowly with hand hammers.

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    After the eye is punched, it is drifted out about 75% of its final size.

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    The edge is hot cut, beveled, opened and cleaned to accept the high carbon steel bit, which will then be forged to shape, and forge welded into the axe head.

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    Here you can see the type of fire that is necessary to forge weld the bit into the axe head.

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  2. 556mp

    556mp Bushmaster Vendor Bushclass I

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    Here you can see the axe fresh from forge welding with a little clean up work to remove the excess bit material. You can also see the higher carbon material used for the bit showing black in the photo.

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    Cleaned up and etched, ready for heat treatment.

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    The heat treated axe with the material that it started out as. That's a LOT of hammer work.

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    Test fitting the tapered handle:

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    Here is the finished axe on the fire treated and oiled handle.

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    I took the axe out to clear out some shooting lanes where Ill be putting up a new tree stand this year for deer season.

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    And just because it's so beautiful, the view from 25yards or so away from where the stand will be:


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  3. central joe

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    That's a fine piece of work young fellar. You definitely have skill and talent. I like it. joe
     
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    Longbeard Continental Drifter Bushclass III

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    That is badass. Definitely channeling Thor's hammer. The etching is a nice touch as well. Is it a thrower?
     
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  5. 556mp

    556mp Bushmaster Vendor Bushclass I

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    Thank you Very much!
     
  6. 556mp

    556mp Bushmaster Vendor Bushclass I

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    Thanks man. It could be. I had one that I threw a few years back.
     
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    Any Viking would be proud to have that axe in his arsenal.
     
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    PMSteve Old Timey Outdoorsman Supporter

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    Vikings could only dream of something so nice!

    I'll bet your experience with metallurgy far exceeds what the Vikings had. Beautiful piece of work!

    Steve
     
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  9. MT_Fin

    MT_Fin Axe'aholic Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Man, that is fantastic! I need one of those in my like!!!!!!!
     

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