In Pursuit of the Forge Welded 3 lb. Viking-Style Hammer

I thought it would be an interesting challenge to develop a 3 pound version of the Viking style hammers I was working on a few months ago.  Those hammers were in the weight range of 24 ounces and made excellent, small blacksmithing hammers.  It seemed natural to try a larger version which was for more general purpose forging.  As in the smaller versions I forge welded faces and peens of high-carbon tool steel to soft steel bodies – in keeping with the older traditions of hammer-making technology. In changing to the larger hammer size I discovered some interesting fine points about hammer design and the forging process. I am now consistently able to hit some of my more subtle design goals regarding the proportions and basic geometry of the hammers. These hammers are all about 5″ long. If I haft them I usually use white oak or hickory.

One Response to “In Pursuit of the Forge Welded 3 lb. Viking-Style Hammer”

  1. Mitch Perkins 29. Aug, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    very interesting and informative sequence
    . thanks for sharing this information.
    i have just finished a 2# viking style forged from 1045. I have never done the forge welded faces on a hammer. i think ill give it a try.

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