Hank Rearden
New project for the week. There's a book titled "The Same Axe Twice". The author joked about his favorite axe. He only replaced the head twice and the handle three times. So with that thought in mind, here goes the hammers I have. Photo below shows a set hammer head and a hot cut hammer head that need new handles. I'm going to use a belt sander to shape the hickory handles I bought at the local True Temper Hardware store. The handles cost between $5.00 and 7.00 dollars each.

blacksmith hammer handles.jpg 

I used a belt sander I strapped the anvil and started to remove material I little at a time. I had a new belt of 80 grit and thought that might be too aggressive. I was wrong. The hickory proved to tougher than nails. It took longer than I expected to get a good fit for the handles. About 45 minutes each. See photos below to get a feel for the size difference.

hot cut handle hammer fit.jpg 

I removed material from the backside of the handle and left the front mostly in it's original shape. My reasoning was for miss hits from a striking blow that might hit the handle. The extra material will help increase the handle usefulness. The image below doesn't show it well. If you imagine a straight line from the top of the hammer it becomes more clear.

hot cut hammer handle wedge.jpg 

The final hit was excellent square and tight.

hot cut hammer handle.jpg 

Below is my set hammer  

blacksmith set hammer handle fit.jpg 

blacksmith set hammer handle.jpg 
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