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How to Make Medieval Arrow Tips (Bodkin) - Part 2 forming the cone for the arrow shaft

In this part of the tutorial I show you the steps in the forging of the arrow tip.

Part 1 (the beginning) of this tutorial is here



Upset the metal

The first thing we will do is form a cone shape for the wooden arrow to fit into.

Ok, heat up the end of your rod and place it on the anvil like this. Hammer on the top of it. This technique is called upsetting the metal. It thickens the hot end of the rod - giving it more steel.






flatten to a fish tail

And then flatten it out to a fish-tail shape like this. The rod is small, not a lot of metal there so it will probably take multiple heatings.








Fish tail looks good

Ok, it looks good. Let's curve it into a cone shape.









Start the cone shape

Now start by putting a little bit of curve on the ends of that fish tail. Just a little bit to get it started. Use a hardy tool or the horn of the anvil.









Now use the anvil and shape out the cone. You can't just close it up. It would be cylindrical. You should start at the part where the rod is and start forming the cone there, pushing out on the steel. Work your way out toward the end from there. This will give you the cone shape.







Form the socket

That cone shape is starting to form.










Shape the cone

At this point you can also use the drift to shape the cone.









The cone looks good

Okay, the cone looks pretty good.

NextLet's contine on to the next step











Forge a Railroad Spike Throwing hatchetForge a Railroad Spike Throwing hatchet

Fun and easy little project and I show you a technique that all blacksmiths use but very few talk about. How to forge a railroad spike hatchet/throwing axe.



Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century (Medieval & Renaissance) Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century (Medieval & Renaissance)





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