The Little hammer who could.

I bought this little plane hammer a few years and it hasn’t really left my bench, recently though I thought I would make a new handle and generally tart it up a bit and give it a Japanese vibe.

The original item

The original item

decapitated

decapitated

Scuffed and dulled Up a bit

Scuffed and dulled Up a bit

Ends paInted with some fetching red nail varnish

Ends paInted with some fetching red nail varnish

ChUcked into some Ferric CHLORIDE to etch the surface

ChUcked into some Ferric CHLORIDE to etch the surface

Planned up a nice walnut handle

Planned up a nice walnut handle

The nail varnish protects the steel and prevents that area from being etched by the ferric chloride. This leaves the faces shiny and gives it the look of a Japanese hammer.