Handmade broadhead nails add a wonderful authentic touch to any woodworking project. Historically speaking, they’ve been around since at least Biblical times. These early nails were little more than spikes with flattened heads. When sawyers began to make different types of lumber available, nail shapes evolved to meet the needs of the builder. Later on (mid-1700s or so) cut nails began to appear in America, but beautiful hand forged nails have never really gone out of style.
Hand forged by a blacksmith (or “nailer” if that’s all he did,) the nails are first drawn out to a sharp point on the anvil. Then the nail is cut off the main piece of steel and the head is formed in a vice. Here’s a nice video showing you all the steps. (Don’t adjust your speakers. This video is silent.)