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I - Making an Ice Pick Spike
Oct 2nd, 2007 at 10:39am
 
Alsatian wrote on Oct 1st, 2007 at 6:57pm:
I could write a book on making scratch awls and ice picks.  I've probably made and sold nearly 200 since 1996.  My suggestion would be to find an old HSS aircraft bit from 3/16" to 1/4" (the long bits). They easily cut with a decent hacksaw blade, so cut it off to your desired length.  My next suggestion would be to chuck one end in an electric hand drill and rotate against a slower moving grinding wheel so as not to adversely effect the bits' temper.  Turn until you've achieved the point you want.  They rechuck into a Jacobs chuck in your headstock and polish with 100 to 1200 grit, this won't rust if you've used good HSS and clean it off after each use.  I generally will use brass, nickel silver or copper as a ferrule material and silver solder it to the blade/shaft.  That option is up to you.  Then turn your handle to you desired size and shape.  I usually center drill the handle while it's chucked with a Jacobs  chuck in the tailstock.  Good luck
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Re: I - Making an Ice Pick Spike
Reply #1 - Oct 5th, 2007 at 5:37pm
 
Where do you find brass at a good/ cheap price?  I've looked around at the local stores and just haven't found any.   Looking to do a cane in the future, curious about what kind of bucks I need to save up.
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Reply #2 - Oct 5th, 2007 at 8:05pm
 
Try some brass plumbing hardware.  You can turn it round on the lathe with your regular tools.   CoolRev. Doug Miller
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