Forging a cut-off hardie

I forged a cut-off hardie a while back. I took some pictures along the way. I hope you enjoy.

I used an ax wedged into a stump as a cut-off for a long time, but it’s time for an upgrade.
I used an ax and sledge to cut the end off the jack hammer bit.
I forged the hardie section down some.
The jack hammer bit I forged down.
This only took a few heats.
Before I evened out the edge and sharpened it with a file.
After the file work.
After I let it normalize I heated the cut-off and then quenched it in oil.
I then immediately tempered to a golden straw.
I tempered it in the oven again, twice: once after fire tempering, and once the next day.

I’ve been working on creating some extra pages for my blog. I can’t wait to publish them.

One thought on “Forging a cut-off hardie

  1. You discovered the reason why most hot cuts are not tempered. Unfortunately cutting the hot stuff draws the temper, so it isn’t really worth the bother. I, however, think you probably learned something in the process so it’s fine to have done it as practice for other things that will require a heat treat. It looks to have turned out well, and I bet it beats using the axe too.

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