You’re all too cynical to believe something like “… I did this so I could support small-time artists and craftspeople.”
The fact is, that sometimes you just see something beautiful and fall in love with it. And, if you can afford it – that’s what money’s for. There’s a guy on facebook who’s part of the knife-making group, who makes hammers and occasionally auctions them off on ebay. Coal Township Forge [ctf]; I asked him if he could do a custom set for me and, sure! They’re a christmas present, if you will.
I have a good idea how much work it takes to make one of these.
#166 is special – it’s made of vintage wrought iron (puddle iron) from the 1880s. The old stuff has this wonderful grain-structure in the metal that is unique, distinctive, and beautiful. #166′ body is wrought iron and the faces are modern tool steel. The flat-faced hammer is modern steel from a semi-trailer axle.
I am going to use the hell out of those. And when I’m done with them, they’ll be perfectly good for whoever takes them up next. One of the things I love about good tools is that many hands can enjoy using them for years.