Look for a spike that is stamped HCS on the head. This insures that it is made of high carbon steel and will harden and temper properly.The first one I made did not have a high enough carbon content and would not harden and hold an edge.that is really cool
I think I'm going to head to the old rail road and pick up one and see what I can do with it
Thanks for posting that
After getting it glowing in the forge , I put it in a vise and twisted it with a pipe wrench.Great job,can you tell me how you put the twist in,did you use a vise and was it easy to do as i have got to make a pair of these,one for Kidyouth and one for me.
by the way thanks for sending the spikes kidyouth.
Nice JOb!! yeah you got the skills!Here is my second attempt at a RR spike knife.I decided to make this one completely with hand tools.All of my other knives have been finished with various grinders and sanders. This one was hammered filed and hand sanded.This really made me appreciate the knife makers of the past.
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