Here's a project I started about a month ago but due to way to hot weather and the right hand being a problem I decided to give the forging a rest. The first picture is where I decided to stop. Second picture was started today. Its the first time I have attempted a socket. A customer and also a good friend Eli asked if I ever did a spear. I told him flat out, NO. Anyway it was something stuck in the back of my mind and I decided to let it out. Right now I need to get back out to the shop and use more of the free propane before Peter and his dad come pick it up. I plan to add captions to the pictures eventually.
Ever since I saw Tai Goo's bush knives I've had an interest in trying to forge a socket plus I thought it would be the idea way to mount a spear head. I do wish now I had taken a few pictures of this process. As with anything I try forging for the first time there's a lot of trial and error. Hopefully I'll retain a little from doing the socket on this one.
In this picture I stretched out what is going to be the blade and I also added some distal taper to it.
I'm starting to forge in the bevel bevel. The hammer I'm using was at one time a standard 4 lb sledge that I converted with the grinder to form a fat cross peen. If I were using a regular flat or slightly rounded hammer the curve in the blade will be even greater. When I start forging the bevel on the other side this curve will straighten out somewhat.
I'd just heated up the work in this photo and still hammering the bevel.
Working on the point. After I got the point more to my liking I went back to forging in the bevels. I don't try to forge bevels or anything else the first go round. I do a little at a time. This way I feel I have more control and if I do screw something up its easier to correct.
Your probably wondering what I'm doing here. I'm working on the profile here. I'm trying to get down low enough so I can see what I'm doing. Straightening up is a different story.
Uncle Ray and his thing. I'll let it cool down all the way. I'll then take a good look at it and figure out what needs to be done next. I could possibly go to the grinder and remove a high spot or two and get it ready for another forging session.