Dustin Stephens

Hello all,
was thinking of cutting the handle of an old camp hatchet and welding a shank to it to make a hot cut for my hardie hole.  Am I crazy for trying this or do you guys think it will work?

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jmccustomknives
Should work ok.

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Hank Rearden
I watched a guy forging last weekend that used a fullering top tool he modified to fit the hardy hole and sharpened the edge for a cutting tool. It was a big anvil I think 1 1/2' hardy hole. Anyway it worked great. Make sure it's a snug fit to limit it moving while you're using it and that you remove it after you make your cut and before any other anvil work. Otherwise you may learn how well it can cut skin! Ouch.
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Dustin Stephens
Thanks guys, looks like I've got a project for this weekend
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Anthony San Miguel
If you don't cut the handle off it can be used as a handled hot cut which comes in handy in quite a few situations.
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Hank Rearden
Bingo
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NorrinRadd
It would probably work fine. I was going to do that with an old axe head I had found myself. ASM's suggestion of keeping the handle on it for a handled hot cut is a good one too. If you have or get a vise you could use it in there as more of a traditional "hardy" tool as well, kind of a 2 in 1 tool.
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Dustin Stephens
Thats some good adVISE. Saves me from having to weld it, and 2 in 1 is always better than 1 in 1.  Thanks
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NorrinRadd
Dustin Stephens wrote:
Thats some good adVISE. Saves me from having to weld it, and 2 in 1 is always better than 1 in 1.  Thanks


Hank's advice about removing the tool while not actively using it is still valid if its in a vise too. That might make it a little more awkward to use in a vise, but better safe than sorry.
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Dustin Stephens
Yes, safety is key in anything you do, especially when your surrounded by super hot metal and coals
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