Friday, 16 March 2012

Splitting Maul From An Old Plough

While we were out and about in the woods last week, we found an old Plough Iron which looked perfect for a couple of projects, so into the bag it went, however, it then fell out of my pack when the bag fell over, this week we returned to the same spot and i retraced my steps and found the iron again. Looking at the shape, it looks like it might have the makings of a Splitting Maul or at the very least a splitting wedge, question is, does anyone out there know what type of steel plough irons are made from?, 

If someone out there can help us out with a steel type, then we may be able to fashion a Maul at the next BCUK Sussex meet as one of the guys is bringing a mobile forge with him so we can do some metal work, OK, this may be a bit ambitious as a starter project, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, i just don't want to expend all that time and energy, only to find I've wasted my time as the steel is not best suited to the task.

If the worst comes to the worst, I'll clean it up with a wire brush and just use it as a splitting wedge with a wooden mallet for taking big logs apart and making bowl blanks from.

So hopefully someone out there can shed some light on the steel type that is/was used for making Plough irons from, fingers crossed. If it turns out that the steel is suitable for the intended use then it goes without saying that the process of turning it into a new tool will be documented and posted up here.


  1. Even the type of sparks it throws when gently pushed against rolling grinder, tells is id good to be quenched.

    usually,if the spark shower is light coloured and theres plenty of it, its not so good and might not get hard at all.

    but if theres not much of sparks and the sparks are red, its good to go.

    BUT, sometimes, if its dark red sparks, it might be due to heavy alloy, like in stainless steel etc and the success os heat treatments is more like mystery.

    1. Thanks for the info, very informative, there in lays the first problem - no grinder