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How to forge a spear tip

There are a lot of different types of spear tip and a lot of different ways to do them. In this tutorial I will show you an easy way to forge a good looking tip that can be fit onto the end of a spear.

We follow a four step process in forming this piece.

For the forge I use hardwood lump charcoal and for the piece I use a piece of mild steel.

I have a video tutorial for this project at the bottom of the page.

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Recommendations and thoughts about your spear tip - I left the tip as it has come out of the forge and off of the anvil. I like the medieval blackened look. But you can finish your spear with a grinder, belt sander or emory paper if you prefer it silver and shiny. And if you want a more serviceable spear that you can use reliably and repeatedly I recommend you use a steel with a higher carbon content. But if you are a beginner blacksmith and want an easy project that gives you a chance to use various blacksmithing techniques then a low carbon or mild steel is a good choice being easy to work and re-work.

Overview of the four steps:

1. We first form a waist-line in the piece of steel, reducing the width of the steel at about the one third point.

2. We form the short end of the steel into a fish tail shape

3. We form the socket of the spear

4. We form the blade of the spear


The steel

We start with a piece of plain steel that you can purchase at any home improvement store. It is flat bar plain steel and it is 2 inches wide, 1/8 inch thick and 48 inches long. It cost me 14 dollars.




Cut a piece of steel

Let's start buy cutting a piece of the steel off. I cut an eighteen inch long piece. You can vary this length depending on the size of the spear you want. As you follow through the tutorial you will understand how the size can change.



Showing where to heat

Ok, an important concept to know when blacksmithing if you have never done any, is that you only heat portions of the steel at a time and work those portions. This is most of the time. So we will start by heating our steel right about here at 1/3 of the way from one end. And we will do our first step there.




The heated steel

Ok! This is just about right. A little bit more.






Begin hammering the waist

We are going to bring in that section of the steel to form an hourglass figure. To do this we use the horn of the anvil. This will take repeated heatings.






Use a smaller hammer

As it starts to take shape with repeated heatings and hammerings I switch to a smaller hammer to get more control.






Keep it straight

As you are creating the hourglass shape the bar will distort and twist. Use the surface of the anvil to get it straight again. This is a normal part of the process. Because it is a spear tip we are making it is important that everything stay true and straight.





The waist is formed

Ok, looks great. This is the hourglass shape we are looking for. It is nice and symmetrical. Step one is complete.




Next Let's continue on to step two


Watch the video tutorial for this project here:


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