hand forged chain damascus socket chisel

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Project by bobasaurus posted 07-13-2016 04:59 AM 2161 views 10 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing my attempts at blacksmithing, I hand forged this socket chisel/slick from a bicycle chain welded to an O1 steel backer. Heat treated it myself in the forge and my kitchen oven. The handle is redheart, finished with shellac and wax.

This project was inspired by the Peter Ross DVD “Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Socket Chisel”.

Here was what I started with:

Heating it up:

Forge welding and making the basic chisel shape:

As-forged, before grinding:

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 07-13-2016 05:29 AM

You filthy bugger. Now you need to make a set. Simple words don’t really cover it.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 07-13-2016 05:38 AM

Thanks Fridge. I really want to make a set and a nice box to store them, but I probably logged 10 hours or more into this thing over the last week and a half… it would take a while. The actual forging took about 2.5 hours, and about killed me with my weak arms.

I never actually measured the width until just now, but the blade ended up at 13/16” wide. So I guess I’d be making an unusual fraction size set :) .

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 07-13-2016 07:16 AM


13/16”, lol. I have seen a number of oddball chisels over the years. Probably guys ground to to a specific size for some long lost reason. 100 years from now and someone will be puzzling over this one.


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#4 posted 07-13-2016 07:29 AM

OMG!!!!! Amazballz, Allen, truly.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 07-13-2016 08:50 AM

This is awesome, Love this. Congrats and thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-13-2016 09:56 AM

That actually is pretty dang impressive! And the finished piece has a certain elegance to it.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#7 posted 07-13-2016 11:21 AM

Too cool for words! Great job on both the forging an the handle.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#8 posted 07-13-2016 11:30 AM

This is an amazing work of craftsmanship, you did a fantastic job. The look of those links in the final product creates an awe inspiring effect.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 07-13-2016 12:30 PM

Looks fantastic!

How did you bend the “socket end” so you’d have a nice round taper for the handle to fit into it?

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#10 posted 07-13-2016 12:33 PM

Whoa, that is really cool. Keep pumping that iron.

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#11 posted 07-13-2016 12:49 PM

This is extraordinary velding job!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 07-13-2016 01:27 PM

+10 to all of the above Allen! Wicked cool.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 07-13-2016 02:15 PM

Looks fantastic!

How did you bend the “socket end” so you d have a nice round taper for the handle to fit into it?

- JoeinGa

My guess is he used the tip of the horn to bend around.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#14 posted 07-13-2016 02:24 PM

Very cool.

-- James

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#15 posted 07-13-2016 02:26 PM

Beautiful work, Allen. I missed seeing the O1 in the original billet, so was wondering how you got the clean bevel to cut with.

Nice job shaping the socket!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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