Irons in the Fire...

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    Got bored and decided to take a picture of my hammers. Didn't occur to me how many I had, and this isn't even all of them.
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    Bro, you know they have addiction groups out there?!?
     
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    First step is admitting.. which I refuse.
     
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    Needed. a lighter hammer, so I ordered a hofi style I've had my eye on for a while. I was met with disappointment, in the form of a super jacked handle. Aside from that, it swings pretty good!

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    Above, you can see the difference between a not so good, and excellent hammers. I dare to say, that I've gotten discount hammers in better condition. This poor thing will need a new handle shortly.
     
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    Worked on hooks today. At about number 6, I realized I forged the mounting end in the wrong orientation.

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    uh, loosening knots when mountain lions attack.
     
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    rehab is for quitters. Mud aint no quitter.
     
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    Latest forged blade. 52100 spring steel and maple burl.

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    No I ain't, but I do complain a bunch. :)

    Very good Semo! That finish on the handle is great, it's shiny, but with a sexy velvet pop.
     
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    Hand sanded to 2500 with 20+ coats of boiled lindseed oil. Phone pics don’t do it justice.
     
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    Stamps are in from buckeye engraving:
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    Got this beauty in the mail. A 6lb viking style hammer. Cant wait to use it.
     

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    A few that I have been working on.

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    These just need an edge.

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    Maybe they are out of order... But is the 3rd picture the one that is all black the before picture? Then the 1st one is the 2nd stage and then the 2nd one is actually stage 3? If that makes sense? Or is it 3 different projects?
     
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    That is actually another/different knife that I forged the same day as the other two. Total of three knives in that post.
     
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    Looking good Semo, those handle finishes are stellar.
     
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    Thanks Mud. I used Tru Oil on these. They probably have 25 coats, but it dries quickly and recoats easily. They are as smooth and silky as they look. That is probably due to the 1200 grit sanding before applying finish.
    That finish holds up on rifle stocks, don’t know how it will do on a knife handle.
     
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    Nice, I use tru-oil as well. But only a few coats, wish I had feedback on it. But the few knives I've sold with it are safe queens. So I've recently decided to stop at 800 grit, polish, then 3 coats of tru oil. Seems like after 800 and polish, the wood is pretty good. I tend to only use only stabilized stuff, so extra sealing isn't necessarily needed.

    Most wood handle knives tend to be taken pretty good care of in general, so who knows how much coatings help. I've never seen one really wear off.
     
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    Those could still be extremely useful as Tack hooks! They could be nailed to the bottom of a board and used to hold light stuff like halters and bridles.
     
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