The job at hand, sharpen a miners pick.
The work sofar:- made a set of hammer-eye tongs with a ring to hold
the pick head while working on it(I can supply a pic if you want
one). Drawn out the points on the pick so both are longer and
sharpish - its not a surgical instrument, so it don't have to have a
fine edge. Hardened both points with an oil quench - I didn't want
it to be too hard and brittle.
Ok, so now the question. What colour should I temper the points
I've looked in my selection of smithing books and can't find an
Has anyone here done this job before? What colour did you use and how
did the tool hold up after tempering?
15 years ago