Intro: Battle Axe
Want to make a Battle Axe?
Steel - any size and thickness you want (this battle axe is from 1/4 plate steel)
Safety shield or glasses to protect your vision
Heavy leather gloves to protect your hands
Choose your tools to cut the steel (I used my plasma cutter)
And around 320 hours (should be two months) or longer. The more time you put into it, the better will be become.
Step 1: Cutting, Grinding, Sanding, Filing.
First photo is showing a black line on the bevel, this is paint. My signal sided bevel was made from hand grinder.
By painting, you will be able to remove the wave and flaws you get from grinding. I used a double cut baster file on the steel for a good 2 hours. Once the bevel looked good, I started hand sanding *
Sand paper started at 80 grit* and worked down to 300 grit. I was not looking for mirror finish.
(* was put on my palm sander)
Step 2: Into the Fire
the forged shown is running close to 2000 degree when on at full (I built this too).
Heating the steel for 1 hour with temperature around 1350 - 1500 to harden the steel.
Use oil* (*oil will start flaming up with the above temps, be careful of your face)
Or water to cool it down after. (Be careful of steam flash burns)
Once it cool to touch, I now need to temper the steel (making it a little softer). I want my cutting blade hard, so I covered it with clay, tossed in the over at 500 degrees for an hour.
Step 3: Handle Time
this handle it made from walnut.
Build the handle the way you like. For me, this took 2 try's.
Ask a question regarding the handle process.
Step 4: 320 Hours Later, or Two Months Later.
this is what you could have.
Please ask questions if you have any. I will respond ASAP.