2.5 pound wrought iron French cross pein
Here's a 2.5 pound French pattern cross pein...with a twist. This one is made from wrought iron with steel faces jump welded (forge welded) on.
Traditionally, this is how all tools used to be made. 90%+ of the tool was wrought iron, and only the faces, or the cutting edges were steel. The faces of anvils, the edges of knives, chisels and axes and the faces of hammers, amongst many other implements.The reason being, simply put-steel was very expensive, and wrought iron was cheap/readily available. Today of course it is just the opposite, as wrought iron is no longer largely manufactured. The beauty of wrought iron is in its Fibrous nature. When etched, it shows grain much like wood. The contrast of the polished steeled faces make for a nice visual. This also leaves a very well thought out tool-hard faces, with a softer body-after all that energy has to go somewhere
Hung on a homemade American Hickory handle-16.5" overall length.