So my good friend who is a machinist got hold of a tool chest from at least a couple of generations back and passed on to me the stuff he thought I would appreciate. There were a lot of great items in the chest, axes and hammer heads, many hand forged drill bits, chisels, and punches; tools from that golden age where technology was booming but the difficult handiwork of skilled craftsman was still essential. Basically, the chest was the kind of find that makes you feel inspired and hopeful, but simultaneously insufficient (could I make my own drill bits from scratch if I needed to?). What really impressed me most in this collection was a set of four hand forged steel hooks. I don't know what they were intended for specifically, but my first thought was that they'd be useful around a campsite for anything from stringing stakes or gear to hanging game for processing. The hooks are clearly handmade, but the consistency is surprising. As an homage to the unknown original craftsman, I thought it could be cool to try and make some hooks out of titanium for general camp purposes. I made one today, and decided that this will be the first of a set of four to send to my friend as a thanks for giving me the goodies and the inspiration. Two of the forged hooks: The handiwork is clear: Bringing some 1/4" titanium to a point: Hook shaped, not as graceful as the originals. I'll get better, but the subtlety isn't easily achieved: My completed titanium hook resting on two originals for comparison. This was a really cool project to play with. Imitating a craftsman from 80+ years ago is an interesting feeling, and humbling. Forging isn't my strong suit, but this sort of thing makes me just want to forge all day anyway! Happy weekend everyone! EDIT: I forgot to mention, the oldschool hooks weigh around 40 grams each, the new titanium hook is only 12 grams! I could definitely throw a couple of these into my pack for all around use.