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Hammered the corner of the anvil perpendicular to the bar, to begin isolating material for the cheeks. This technique is called "shouldering".
1.5 lb hatchet head with a 16" hickory handle. Great for kindling, mild splitting, chopping branches, and shaping wood.The handle is burned to help preserve the wood and heat it up so the linseed oil penetrates the wood deeper.
This is what I start with.1.5" X .5" flat mild steel.Middle section is 1" (makes the poll, or non-sharp end)2, 1.5" sections on either side of that make the langets (or cheeks) that sandwich the hatchet handle.The 2 outside sections are 2". These get forge welded together after folding to make the tapered section that leads to the sharp edge of the hatchet.Punch marks inform me where to hammer... they don't burn off.