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Needed a slick for upcoming timber framing project. As I've been playing around with blacksmithing for a couple of years thought I'd try to make it. Got a piece of O1 tool steel and fired up the forge. Is all forged from 1 piece of steel. Handle is turned white oak (handled the wood with steel dust on my hands so it turned a little black, oops). Blade is 10" by 1 1/2", Handle is 18". Works pretty well.

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I'm impressed, you did a great job looks like. Been there done that and the 01 tool steel is good stuff. Tempering is the trick to holding a good edge. Congratulations on a job well done.
 

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That looks really nice, well done.
 

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Very nice tool. Great job.
 

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Very nice. Good idea making the socket and handle cranked. I have a slick without the cranked handle and it limits the reach to just the length of the blade.
 

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Very nice, I couldn't even dream of making that tool, well done!
 

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Update; I have started the timber framing project and the slick works better than I hoped it would. Have had to sharpen my chisels (Stanley) several times already and the slick is still as sharp as when I started. Working red oak 8×8's with a lot of knots. Must have stumbled into a good heat treat.
 
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