Developing a Process to Forge Viking-Style Hammers.

Over the last several months I have been practicing the forging of Viking style hammers with forge-welded faces and peens. I am gradually developing a set procedure and a set of proportions to make these beautiful hammers in various sizes. I have settled on using mild steel for the bodies and W1 steel for the faces and peens. W1 is a high-carbon tool steel which can be heat treated very hard, and appears to hold up to forge welding quite well if care is taken not to burn it. After I am done with this form I will move on to others which intrigue me. These hammers will be for sale starting in June when I return from teaching Viking style axe forging in England.

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