Skarzs the Cave Troll
I've been busy recently, but I figured I should get my hide in motion so I don't have nothing to show for the IITH.

So, instead of a knife or an artistic piece, I think I'll go with a tool- or more appropriately, tools. Little chisels for engraving metal cold. I've already made a couple and used them for engraving a football team emblem on bottle openers, and I rather like the markings they leave. I could also make some out of larger stock for some regular cold chisels, or perhaps various artistic tools.
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jmccustomknives
Sounds like an interesting project.

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
Still got time for "IITH". There's an end of August deadline. Last month was crazy for me. No time at all. Things are getting back to normal now. Hope to get some good post up soon.
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NorrinRadd
Sounds good to me  Skarz  [thumb]
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
My life has been beyond crazy recently. Hopefully I get this done.
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Well, it's a mite late, but here's my addition to the IITH.

Like I said, I'm making some small cold chisels for fine work and engraving/texturing. I started off with some quarter inch spring steel from a coil spring I pieced up a while back.
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After straightening this chunk out, I cut off six pieces around two and a half inches long each.
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Detail of the cut-off end.
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Here are the pieces after rough forging, ready for filing. (More on the shapes in the next picture.) 
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The tools I made were, from left to right, a small cold chisel, a curved texturing chisel, a slot chisel, a center punch, a one-sided chisel, a very small chisel for carving designs, and a punch that is meant for creating small circles.
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With the center punch, you may notice I didn't seem to do much with it, and left the little nub on the end from cutting off the original bar. That is because the nub is useful when making the center punch as it helps create a central point I can grind to.
The last one, the circle punch, was troublesome. What I did to make the circle actually work was to flatten off the end, then, carefully, with another center punch, hit in a round divot that would be used for the circle. However, because I forged it down, the metal tended to bend away before I got the center punch deep enough. What I should have done was left it at the original thickness or perhaps a little smaller, then after punching in the circle, ground down the sides.
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Here they are after filing to proper shape and hardening in used motor oil. All cutting angles are around about 60 degrees.
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I tempered them with my small MAPP torch, starting with the back, then working the heat up to the tips. I temper by color, and as you can see, the range is the dark straw to bronze color.
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All work fine with no signs of wear.
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Well, thanks for coming along with this! Hopefully whoever I send these to finds them useful.
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jmccustomknives
Those look handy.

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Hank Rearden
Great project. I figure the end of labor day to finish the IITH.
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NorrinRadd
Nice work!
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Skarzs the Cave Troll
Thanks!

Some thing I've found that I don't like about these is their length. I don't have the smallest of hands so I get cramping when I use these for too long. If I were to do this again I would make sure I cut them about 3/4" longer at least, or use some slightly thicker stock if I had it.
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