The magic and Pure Alchemy of Iron

Railroad Spike Bearded Axe

Railroad spike recycled into small bearded pick axe.

 

Oak handle. Throws well but has many problems. A work in progress in regard to the technique.

 

STEP BY STEP PROCESS FOR FORGING A RAILSPIKE BEARDED HAND AXE: 12 STEPS.
 
STEP 1: Acquire a Railroad spike marked HC.
 
STEP 2: Heat in forge till bright orange. Remove and allow to fully cool.
 
STEP 3: Heat your spike in the forge to Bright orange/Yellow.
 
STEP 4: Center your “hot” cutting chisel on the spike. Strike 3-4 times and then remove and cool the chisel. Re heat.
 
STEP 5: Repeat step 4 on top and bottom of spike until the hole meats in the middle.
 
STEP 6: Once the hole is cut through, begin eying the spike with drifts until the hole is round enough to accept a handle.
 
STEP 7: Begin shaping your blade from the head of the spike. Be patient and slowly draw the steel out.
 
STEP 8: When satisfied with your blade’s shape allow to cool and grind your final shaping details in to the head.
 
STEP 9: Forge and shape the spike end of your Axe if desired.
 
STEP 10: sharpen blade edge and prepare to heat-treat.
 
STEP 11: Heat to bright red and quench in water.
 
STEP 12: Polish and mount on handle.
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FORGING THE HAMMER-AXE VARIANT: 4 Steps.
 
 STEP 1: Heat spike tip to bright orange/yellow.
 
STEP 2: Place spike in a heavy vice and begin hammering the tip flat.
 
STEP 3: Hammer until the tip of the spike is 1″ by 1″ roughly.
 
STEP 4: Begin drawing out until desire shape is reached.
 
 
 
 I hope this helps with your Spike/Axe project!
 
 
 

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