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Dan P.

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  1. Cheers, J-Po! Hopefully a day will come when you can come try out the magi-grind for yourself!
  2. I'm not crazy about combo dies myself, they can gall the work if you put it in sideway. Very shallow crown fullers are good, but again limited. Flat dies are probably most versatile, also much easier to use with tooling, top and bottom, and to make shoes for for gauges, etc.
  3. I was advised to buy the expensive thermocouple (around £50) and the cheap reader (something ridiculous like £5 for two!!). Seems to work.
  4. Hmmm, I'm not sure I'd necessarily compare a professional handforger with probably in excess of 150,000 hours spent at the anvil with a teenage YouTube personality , but nonetheless technique no doubt takes primacy over brute strength when it comes to these things.
  5. That's a great video, thanks James! I wonder how heavy his hammer is?
  6. Anyway, hopefully of some I terest to someone. Last note, I redressed some of the faces because when they came to me the faces were FLAT! to the point where they almost seemed concave. That may be indicative of their use primarily with tooling or as striking hammers, but I have a fair few hours of forging under my belt and I was unable to use the without galling the work with the sharp flat edges
  7. Second a big one pretty much identical to the 6lber and presumably made by the same manufacturer. You can see on this one that the chamfer or cone that tapers down to the face was forged in. In other examples it looks like it might have been ground in? :
  8. Lastly a couple of unhandled heads, first the smaller, about the same size as the first hammer posted above:
  9. Next up is what I would put into the category of "rapping hammer" i.e. small one handed sledge, though the existing handle was small like a regular hammer. I put a similar small handle on it but in truth it is too heavy for me, it must be around 6lbs.
  10. The third is a cute little thing, of more or less tapering round section throughout, maybe 2lbs or so:
  11. The second is a more recognizable "dog's head" type, with an oval eye:
  12. First, this one is rehandled. I made the handle as close to the original as I could. This head is what I think of as the real classic Sheffield forging hammer shape, kind of lumpy and clubby, with the distinctive square eye:
  13. I had the good fortune to come into possession of a number of forging hammers that I know to have been recently used for that purpose, i.e. not as saw tuning or file cutting or similar hammers (though that does not mean that those were not their original intended purposes. Bear with me, the water is muddy). To start off, four of them came with handles on, two without, the latter appearing to be old new stock (or is it new old stock??). Of those four, one's head had been put on upside down, and one's handle was cracked all the way through and falling apart, so I rehandled both those, as I will note below. Anyway, for reference and the pictorial record, here we go:
  14. Ha ha! I'd better wash my hands first too!
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