Forging Hammers What's your favorite?
Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:59 PM
Let's see yours in the mean time.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:10 AM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:41 AM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:11 AM
Are you planning to make more to sell?
BTW, it's not the size of your hammer that counts... It's what you can accomplish with it that matters!
Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:08 AM
I like a long handle in my hammers. I have a Tom Clack hammer similar to Alan's and really like it, but the handle has always seemed too short for me. I like 4-5 inches past my hand. I think the longer handle makes it easier to use.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:49 PM
I forgot to ask... What steel did you use to make the hammer head? What HRC are you shooting for? High 40's to low 50's
I ask because I have some 5160 in 1 1/2" round stock that I was thinking of making a hammer head with.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:48 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:55 PM
I've got a whole bunch of hammers that I use. Guess I need to take some pictures of them.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 07:59 PM
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 08:00 PM
I'm a wimp!
My three pounder is actually my big hammer. The other hammers I tend to use are around 2.5 lbs. I can get tired with the 3 pounder, but things go faster. However, with the 2.5 lb and less hammers I can hammer for a long time without getting too tired.
Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:03 PM
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:45 AM
That's a nice selection of crosspiens. I prefer straight piens, but I have to have a cross pien for some things.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 07:52 AM
Posted 26 March 2011 - 09:19 AM
One thing I want to find out for myself is can I make a 3 lb with enough balance and feel that I can use it a easy as the old 2 lb.? I believe hammers are like knives, some are just more efficient. I may be reinventing the wheel, but it stands to reason some are better then others.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 11:25 AM
Good luck with your search for the ultimate hammer. It it is balanced right and the handle fits your hand right, you should not notice the added weight.
Posted 06 April 2011 - 04:54 PM
One is a 3 lb. Vaughn that I modified and polished. I find the squared end useful in forging the drop at the choil. Until last summer it was pretty much the only hammer I used besides a cheap cross peen that I picked up from Harbor Freight.
The second hammer is a 2 and a half lb. rounding hammer made by Estwing. I picked it up from a retiring farrier for $10.00 and it quickly became my favorite.
I'm with Lin on the lighter hammers... After using the Estwing for 6 months I find the 3 lb/ Vaughn wears me out quicker... Sure firms up my handshake though.
Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:10 PM