I have designed an axe we have named the Birler which is in production with CRKT as part of their ‘Forged by War’ series, you can go to the page on their website here: http://www.crkt.com/forged-by-war
I’m very proud to be part of this series of products. Blacksmithing and bladesmithing has helped a number of veterans I know and my life today is certainly much better for having found blacksmithing when I did. I’m very happy to be able to give back and put a portion of the proceeds of the sales of the Birler axes to the Green Beret Foundation.
I make forging hammers from 1045 steel and have been giving some of them faces for a few years now. The carving starts out with the hammerhead hot so that I can get nice deep chisel marks and then I finish up by chasing in the final details cold. Here’s a video of a heat where I’m using punches and chisels to make an eye and the nostrils:
Here’s the hammerhead in the video a bit further along –
Working on a Swedish Viking Axe with two other combat veterans. Great Saturday. Looking forward to the start of the Viking style Ironwork class I will be teaching at John C Campbell Folk School. Class will be held from 23-28 March.