Been out in the forge this weekend, having noticed that my hands were just too soft, and seriously lacking in blisters and calluses.
I've been meaning to forge some more adzes for ages, mainly because I enjoy making them, and secondly because they're useful little tools to have around. The adzes (I checked to see if 'adzes' is the correct plural....Before you check, it is!) are forged from Cromwell Tools ball pein hammers, which lend themselves very nicely to making a multitude of tools such as axes, hatchets, punches etc. They are left natural, and the only parts which have been ground are the cutting edges; I'm a big fan of tools retaining forge markings etc, but I can grind them as smooth as a baby's backside if you so wish, I just prefer to show them this way. They are tempered, but remain easy to sharpen with a file or fine cigar stone.
I have a couple for sale, the first of which is SOLD SOLD SOLD a bowl adze:
The width of the cutting edge is 50mm, and the pitch is approximately 10mm. There is a very small back bevel behind the edge, as well as an even smaller bevel on the upper edge.
The hickory handles are currently finished with a light coating of raw linseed oil, but I can easily give them the same scorched finish as the one in the centre (which is my own user). I prefer the scorched finish as in my opinion it provides more grip and control, but at the end of the day, it's all down to personal preference. I can add a sheath for the blade edge for another £8 (each sheath is wet-formed to the blade, not 'one-size fits all' .
Thanks for looking