my father in law died in April and as the only persons with interest in craftmanship my sons and me had the opportunity to pick from his tools what we have use for. He lived in southern Germany but originated from Czechoslovakia, german speaking minority. My focus was on tools I knew he valued a lot, liked and used, or where I knew what he had done with them. Here I show two billhooks???, probably used to cut thin wood to start the oven and maybe behead a chicken here or there. The first one is probaly older, fully hand forged, with a drawn out tang. This one I restored:
- Removal of severely cracked handle
- Electrolytic derusting
- Wire brushing
- Turning new beech handle
- Boring out the handle, shaping to fit tang
- New ferrule (seamless CrMo tube from italian race bike frame 🤣 )
- New end washer from carpenters nail (8mm diameter, 7,5mm long, 4mm center hole)
- Assembled, end washer peened
- Spot weld on the tip with V2A electrode, let cool slowly to avoid cracking
This will be a useful addition to my toolkit and I'm happy for each tool of my father in law that continues to be used.
The second knife is probaly newer, made out of sheet metal, and the handle was cracked off and welded back on. While it is possible to produce a lasting weld here, I don't trust this repair and the original design enough to use it, so this one probably goes into the material box.
There is not much activity now in the forum compared to former days - is there a reason for this?