hand forged "perfect handle" screwdriver for swap

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Project by bobasaurus posted 06-01-2016 10:20 PM 3869 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just starting to learn some blacksmithing as a side hobby, so I hand forged this “perfect handle” style screwdriver for the 2016 screwdriver swap and sent it out to my new friend Andy / fatandy2003 . The scales are dyed maple burl, glued with CA glue and pinned with brass rod. The steel started as 3/4” diameter O1 drill rod. There are still a few rough marks from forging that I couldn’t fully grind out, but it should be a solid user. I tried etching my logo onto the blade but failed, so I sanded it back some and etched my initials over it… it’s still a little odd looking. The tip is hollow ground on my belt sander to fit a 1/4” shank screw’s slot size. Finished with BLO and renaissance wax.

I also made a bonus bit driver for hex screw driving bits. Walnut handle, brass ferrule from a plumbing fitting, finished with shellac and renaissance wax.

Here is a photo from forging the driver:

And heat treatment:

In return, Chris / clieb91 made me this beautiful B&W ebony pen-style screwdriver with other attachments available (pen, hobby knife, awl, and maybe tweezers?):

He also made a sweet 4-in-1 screwdriver with my logo perfectly transferred onto it:

Finally, he sent me a mystery turning kit that I’m still unsure what it produces. I’ll have to contact Chris for more info.

Thanks a lot for making my drivers, Chris. They are beautiful and will be very useful.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 10:34 PM

That’s a neat kiln for your hobby, congrats on your fine work and your new kiln!

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#2 posted 06-01-2016 10:35 PM

Good gracious. What a tremendous amount of work to go into that perfect handle driver. Do you have any pics of it done but before you put the scales on? And is the middle round section 3/4” round and the rest is just flattened out around it, or did you round the shank somehow? This is so cool.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 06-01-2016 10:37 PM

Thanks guys. Todd, here is a pic mid-forging:

After heat treatment:

And ground, ready for attaching scales:

I did a sneaky etch under the scales to surprise anyone who tries to rehandle it in the future.

Everything started at 3/4, then I drew out the middle section to maybe 3/8 to 1/4” diameter, and made the flats on the handle. The diameter of the handle is maybe slightly over 3/4” now.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 10:51 PM

Awesome. I know nothing about blacksmithery, but “drawing” a 3/4” round bar to a 1/4” round bar and have it appear to be round seems like an extremely difficult task. Well done.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 11:13 PM

It was tricky, todd. You actually hammer it square when drawing out, then rotate it and hammer the edges to make an octagon, then hammer while rotating in a circle to make it round. Then grind the heck out of it to make it look cleaner.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 11:16 PM

You crushed it! Your well on your way with “Blacksmithery”.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 01:28 AM

The blacksmithery is fantastic. It feel great in the hand and has great weight to it. I won’t use it every day, but every day I need a blade I will reach for this guy. It already has a home on my wall. Thanks Allen!

-- -- Andy, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it” - Thomas Paine

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 01:51 AM

Next you’ll be mining the ore to make the steel. :-)
It’s a beautiful thing! Don’t stop.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 06-02-2016 04:15 AM

Outstanding. Much respect to you sir!

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 06-02-2016 06:27 AM

Prety artistic way of turning simple handel into something such nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 12:12 PM

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#12 posted 06-02-2016 01:08 PM

You’ve don a beautiful job on these shop built tools. I love these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 06-02-2016 01:26 PM

Nicely done on both the metal and wood aspects. I have a friend who smiths and I love watching that process.

-- Don, -

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#14 posted 06-02-2016 03:34 PM

Very well done. I love looking at blacksmith made stuff.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#15 posted 06-02-2016 04:31 PM

Very impressive.

-- Rick M,

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