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Introduction Edit

This article shows a very simple method for foring the claw from one thick piece of rectangular steel. Alternative methods have been described here:

The process step-by-step Edit

Start from a piece of rectangular steel of sufficient thickness:

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Forge the end so that it's roughly twice as wide as it's thick:

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Split the end, preferably with a hot chisel like here:

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Bend the halves outwards:

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Forge the halves thinner and to either round or square cross-section:

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Finally bend the halves perpendicular to the core of the claw, but leaving sufficient space for the end of the bolt between them:

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Now bend the halves ("fingers") steeply downwards:

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Finally grind or file the fingers to correct shape.

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