I support my local blacksmith for all my primitive steel tool needs and he doesn't work cheap(unless your his close friend and then he just gives stuff to you so he has a reason to make more)
He makes knives, hawks, axes and hatchets too
If you want a custom poker PM me and I will hammer one out per your description - albeit with a little artistic liberty.
I just ordered a set from a local blacksmith. Same guy that built my stoveside wood holder. Not cheap by any means but it supports a local guy who is carrying on a tradition. I look at it as functional art. Plus it will literally last a lifetime.
DuckDog, I'm on the Rideau in Portland....curious, how much was the poker? Might get a rake made to my design....
Funny you should post this today. Just made this one last week. Haven't even had a chance to put a finish on it yet. $7.00 worth of iron from the scrap yard.
Plenty strong, probably too much so. But then again, you never know when you're going to have to go all Walter Sobchak on a stranger.
I stumbled across this kids' garden hoe at Lowe's for 5 bucks. Works great. I actually thought it was just a plastic toy when I first saw it, but when I picked it up and found it was all steel it went right in the cart.
That's a great idea. Been trying to come up with something I could make a coal rake out of and what could be simpler than to just use a rake, duh.