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Blog entry by logjacob posted 09-22-2011 11:19 AM 5853 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I and my friend (master blacksmith) made chisels and a slick for my upcoming Timber Framing project. He made the steel parts. I made handles and leather tip guards. In my opinion chisels and the slick came out very high quality. So the idea was born – to make my own Timber Framing hand tool workshop were we could manufacture high quality fully hand made tools.

Maybe there are anyone who can give me some advice or some dealer/manager or craftsmen who are interested to take apart in my new idea or someone who wants to order some kind of any hand forged tools.

Chisels are made from high quality carbon steel.

The steel is fully hand forged, we don’t use a pneumatic hammer. The fracture of the tools looks antique.

Handles are made from ash tree and then linseed oiled.

They come with handmade leather tip guards.

Chisel width: 2” and 1 and 1/2”

Slick width: 3”

Thank you.

Jacob

Tools in action here:

Larger images available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64220150@N06/5846408910/in/set-72157626991499540/lightbox/



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murch

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 12:31 PM

Beautiful. Get your name stamped on them and off you go. Hope your idea is a success,

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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MShort

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#2 posted 09-22-2011 02:06 PM

That is one really sharp tool. Best of luck to you on your new business venture. Will you be selling these via a website? Thanks.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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logjacob

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#3 posted 09-22-2011 02:15 PM

Thanks MShort. I will be trying to sell our forged tools under the swedish Gransfors Bruks company. I will have a home page too shortly.

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WayneC

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 03:56 PM

They look wonderful. I have been looking at carving knives as well as hand forged Adzes. Might want to think about adding some of them to the items you make.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bertha

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#5 posted 09-22-2011 04:03 PM

Wow! they are insanely handsome. I wouldn’t change a thing about the fit and finish. It’s perfect. You’re no slouch with the leather either. My first recommendation would be to have a really cool and memorable stamp made. You could probably get started with your own website and once you had a fanbase, pitch it to one of the higher end retail catalog guys. I see new stuff showing up in Tools for Working Wood, Japanese tools, etc. I would be very interested in buying some. I think you’d get more interest here with some forged bench chisels or heaven forbid, mortise chisels. What do you think Wayne’d pay for a handforged 1/2 inch mortiser? ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bluepine38

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#6 posted 09-22-2011 04:04 PM

With the video of your log cabin, no one is going to question your credentials as a timber framer/log builder.
If you can sell them under the Granfors Bruks company, no one will question the quality of your tools which
is the biggest problem for starting tool makers. The hand forged finish on the tools will seem a little rough
to people used to the smooth polished finish they see in most stores, but the people that will be working
with your tools will appreciate them and know that as they use them they will acquire a wonderful feel and
finish of their own. I have a few timber chisels that may be older than I am that I do not use enough, but
will never sell, just hope I can find someone to will them to that will appreciate them. I hope you succeed
in both your timber framing and your tool making.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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SamuelP

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#7 posted 09-22-2011 04:11 PM

How much for a set?

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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logjacob

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#8 posted 09-22-2011 04:13 PM

Hey. If you look closer at the place where the socket begins – there is a Blacksmith’s mark on the tools. There are two initials “KD”. As the tools are fully hand forged and hand made, the cost would be:

2 inch chisel: 110 $ + Shipping

1 1/2 inch chisel: 100 $ + Shipping

3 inch slick: 125 $

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Bertha

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#9 posted 09-22-2011 04:15 PM

Good prices. Maybe even too good. I should probably buy some before the price goes up:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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logjacob

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#10 posted 09-22-2011 04:15 PM

Thanks for advice Bertha.

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Jorge G.

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#11 posted 09-22-2011 04:19 PM

Bummer, had you come up with them a couple of months ago I would have gone for a set. I got the Barr chisels, (which are great) but like the looks of yours better, I like the hand forged look instead of the smooth finish Barr uses.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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logjacob

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#12 posted 09-22-2011 04:23 PM

Hey JGM0658. Yes I know that Barr makes good chisels. But I have talked to different timberframers in USA that Barr slicks are made wrong. So I am sending out at the moment my tools to some craftsmen in USA to test them out and write a testimonial about them.

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tsangell

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#13 posted 09-22-2011 04:38 PM

Wow. These are beautiful.

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Jorge G.

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#14 posted 09-22-2011 04:38 PM

Well, I am not experienced enough to know if they are made wrong or not. I am just practicing with them right now. But I did notice the tilt or angle of the slick is much lower on yours than it is on the Barr slick. In fact I was going to comment on that on my previous post,

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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RGtools

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#15 posted 09-22-2011 09:06 PM

Will be sending you a pm shotly on these. You have my attention.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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