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I Love Hammers.

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by Rick Marchand, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Post your collection.

    That is all.

  2. bronyblacksmith


    Nov 6, 2012
    That us a very nice collection but it looks like you got some of those a little to close to the forge :D
  3. Cool!

    Im in the initial stages of hammer addiction I think. I've been piecing together my blacksmithing/forging supplies lately and after getting my first anvil the other day I decided to get my hammers together(that I've been getting from estate sales throughout the years). I dressed my first one last night, a 2.5lb cross peen.
  4. SinePari


    Oct 24, 2013
    I love hammers too.

    and anvils... and post vises.... and wagon tongue vises... etc. etc....

    I picked up a big 16 pound striking hammer about a year ago.... One of those legitimate behemoth round faced dealios....

    I wanna start making some now that I got the press functional... Nothing better in life than making your own tools!!!!
  5. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    I just picked up a new(to me) shop anvil. It is a Vulcan(Arm and Hammer) in decent shape. I think the top plate has been machined. It is only a 1/4" or so thick. It has some nicks and dings but is flat, overall with no saddling or cupping. There was a 3" long chip(1/4" deep) on one edge that I rounded off to 1/2" radius because I just couldn't stand looking at it.

    Last edited: Feb 20, 2015
  6. Mob


    Sep 25, 2009
    These are the nicer ones I have. From Brent Bailey and Dave Custer


  7. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    View attachment 520687
    This one is particularly nice-I use it for peening rivets mostly
    And a cutlers hammer I forged from a piece of 2" (!!!) rebar
    And the hammer that gets the most work done...
  8. Will52100


    Dec 4, 2001
    Love the tire hammer JW, got one like it and it sure gets a work out. Unfortunately I'm on a very limited bandwidth rite now and can't see all the photos, will check them out when I get home.

    Here's the second hammer I made, haven't even had a chance to try it out. Weights in rite at 2.5 pounds and is just a simple rounding hammer for blacksmithing, forged from 1045. Will most likely be doing a couple more like this, one larger and one smaller, if I can find the time.

    My favorite hammer for blade forging is a Japanese style cutler hammer, longer on one end than the other and about 3 pounds.

    Attached Files:

  9. I've bought probably 20 hammers since my last post in this thread lol. A local shop teacher died about a year ago and the family has been having an ongoing estate sale for about the past two months. He had an epic ton of stuff and they let me come out there and rummage every once in a while. I'll have to snap a pic of my haul soon now that my laptop is running again.

    I've been watching Ed Caffrey's Bladesmithing video and he has a real cool looking hammer. It's a diagonal peen. The peen runs from probably 11 o'clock to 5 o'clock. When he holds the work it lines up perfectly for drawing without having to contort your stance. I'm thinking about making one.
  10. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    I've got 5 diagonal peens in my first photo. I only use one, now(it doesn't have a handle in the pic). It is a RH/LH double sided diagonal peen and weighs about 3lbs.
  11. J W Bensinger

    J W Bensinger

    Mar 26, 2009
    The double sided diagonal seems to be the way to go.
    Sadly (well, not for my rotator cuff, but for me doing hand peening) I've worked up some pretty slick drawing tools for that tire hammer-to the point I can get a 2-1/2" wide chefs knife out of 3/4" round 52100 in very few heats.
    I do need to make a diagonal peen though.
    Will, that rounding hammer is very nice.
    I use the rebar cutler's hammer I made quite a bit-it's a little less substantial than the Japanese style but it works really well.
  12. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    I made 4 more hammers the other day... lol

    All rounding hammers in 1.5lbs, 2lbs, 2.75lbs, and 3.5lbs...

    IMG_3875.jpg IMG_3874.jpg IMG_3876.jpg
  13. Maelstrom78


    Sep 21, 2013
    Dang, I'd love to start forging. Well better work hard to afford the next house with an outbuilding!
  14. cubezombie


    Nov 21, 2012

    Love those hammers!!

    I picked up a couple of hammers from Cergol Tool and Forgeworks.


    Love both of them. Haven't been able to do much smithing lately but my new workshop is just about complete. Once that's done I'll be hitting it hard :D
  15. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    Not sure how I ever missed this part of the forums. I like hammers and anvils too.
    Here is an anvil that was just given to me. I found it being used as "yard art" I guess, underneath the eave of a friends shop. The feet where buried in the dirt and it had enough red paint on it you could not make out the writing.


    I know she is a little rough around the edges. Top is not to bad though.

    Anyone know what the numbers on the feet mean? A & 3, 30lbs?


    Date of manufacture?

    Its a little one. Very quiet and dead with no rebound.
  16. viral


    Jan 20, 2013
    I love hammers. I can't wait to find me some stock that I can make a few out of.
  17. Will52100


    Dec 4, 2001
    Now why can't I find anvils like that??? I finally broke down and bought a new one, a 330 lb. Refflinghause, expensive, but well worth it and a joy to work on after years on a harbor freight russian cast steel. And made this post anvil, it's a 4x4x12" chunk of 4140 I quenched in super quench. The 5" square tube is filled with sand and the anvil is wedged in place on the sides. Works very well for forming the bevels, though I think I might like a horizontal anvil similar to the Japanese sword smiths use better.

    Attached Files:

  18. Will52100


    Dec 4, 2001
    BTW, Rick, those hammers almost look too nice to use!
  19. JamesBrauer


    Apr 26, 2013
    Here is my collection. My favorite is the flat side of the rounding hammer, you can see where I spray painted the round side yellow so I don't mixed up.


    James B
  20. Here's a Peter Wright(I think) 155lb anvil I got for $140. I put up an ad on Craigslist and it really worked out well.


    Since these pics I've hit it with a wire wheel brush on the angle grinder and it's cleaned up real nice.

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