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Forging A Tomahawk From Ball Peen Hammer

This project started as a challenge from one of my subscribers, when they commented on my last video challenging me to make a tomahawk from a ball peen hammer. I thought it was such a great idea that and I started blacksmithing the tomahawk the same day.

image/text credit: Jake’s Custom Knives

The first few heats I do will be to make the front of the steel wider. I do this by holding the butt end flat on the anvil and hammering the top of the steel. This is called “bumping up” This bumping up is a step that is usually skipped by fellows on the first few hawks they make. They get that banana looking thing on the one end.

If you want ax or hawk to be quite wide on the front this bumping up needs to be done.Step two is pretty much the same thing as step one, except there is a little more going on. I guess what I’m trying to say is to bring everything up equally and don’t try to do it all at once. Go from small, to medium, and then to large. Three different steps if you want to look at it that way.


We forge weld and draw the blade to shape, then heat treat and temper to give you the strongest and sharpest blade possible.This is just one way of making a tomahawk. It is not even the only historically accurate one, it’s just the one I usually use and as such am the most comfortable with.