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Offline benjy

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more hammer id please
« on: June 19, 2011, 11:38:43 AM »
you guys recently identified a stone masons hammer for me,,can you do it again,,,are these stonemason or blacksmith,,,thanks in advance.
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Re: more hammer id please
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 12:24:41 PM »

Top swage, definitly blacksmith.
Not something you find lying around very often ; P

Just a weathered light rust/WD40 mix patina.

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Re: more hammer id please
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011, 03:00:35 PM »
Yup, swages
 There were probably other 1/2's just like them, except with a tapered shank to fit into an anvil's hardy hole.

 The smith would swing the glowing work over the bottom swage, place the top swage directly above it and nod to the apprentice, or striker.
 Who would wallop the swage with a sledge.
  You could put a round journal in a square bar this way

 The fluted one is pretty cool. Decorative work!
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Re: more hammer id please
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 06:01:21 PM »
scottg made it clear. Nearly all blacksmiths tools were struck not swung, in the hay days of blacksmithing it need two to produce work on the anvil. the blacksmith was lost without a good striker.  I guess it and easy mistake for those not familar with blacksmithing to make if its got a handle its a hammer!
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Re: more hammer id please
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2011, 11:36:29 PM »
Just enlarged the photo. The decorative one Scottg, is for producing horse shoe bar eg,  for light or racing shoes.The  groove covers the whole shoe from end to end and makes it lighter and the farrier can choose to put the nails wherever he likes.
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Re: more hammer id please
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 10:22:42 AM »
Just enlarged the photo. The decorative one Scottg, is for producing horse shoe bar eg,  for light or racing shoes.The  groove covers the whole shoe from end to end and makes it lighter and the farrier can choose to put the nails wherever he likes.
Graeme

 Wow thanks Graeme! Makes perfect sense the instant you pointed it out! I would like to see one of these shoes sometime.
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Re: more hammer id please
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2011, 09:15:35 AM »
I've seen similar swages like the left one used to put decorative creases in stock for use on pickets and such. Also, makes a nice pattern when used on a square rod which is then twisted.
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