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Show off your hammers!

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by El Mucho Hombre, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. El Mucho Hombre

    El Mucho Hombre

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    Apr 16, 2013
    We all have our favorites, and varied other ones we use regularly.

    This is my most used hammer, an old doghead I snagged on eBay.

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    It has a pretty flat face, and I use it for bevels and straightening usually.

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    Next one is a hammer from Nathan Robertson, a 4# two face English pattern.

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    I use this one primarily for big operations like hammering in the bevels for the first pass, and upsetting handles and tangs with the flat face. Shoring up the ricasso, etc.

    Next one is a big ball peen.

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    I use this one for choils and tight spots that need a rounding face. It's useful for those things, but I don't use it for much else.

    Next one is a Japanese pattern variant from Nathan as well, a 3# one.

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    I use this one primarily for forging in plunges, and setting tang shoulders.

    My most used hammer for general operations is my Peddinghaus Swedish pattern.

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    It's a French made one, and the faces came extremely rough. I believe historically that's a common thing, with hammer makers figuring the end user knows what and how they'll want their hammers faced. I dressed the face and the peen how I like them.

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    I've found that I use this one more than any of the others lately. I use them all in every blade, but some get used more than others.

    Are you a one hammer forger, or do you have a bunch of them? Let's see what you've got!
     
  2. Goatneck Knives

    Goatneck Knives

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    May 18, 2016
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    This is my favorite hammer. It's a 3.5 lbs Brian Brazel style rounding hammer. I struck and a member of the international young smiths directed. He was 16 at the time.


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  3. El Mucho Hombre

    El Mucho Hombre

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    Apr 16, 2013
    Good looking hammer!
     
  4. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    This is a very cool thread !
    I have nothing interesting or intelligent to add.
    I can say I have hammered some hot iron (well steel anyway) but never correctly or well. I did it enough to learn to hammer with my left as well as right arm. Do you guys switch arms ?
    I don't know enough to know if that is how it is done or if a real dude just keeps on with his dominate arm only.
    . . . oh . . . and I learned it is a lot of work.

    Thanks for starting it.
     
  5. El Mucho Hombre

    El Mucho Hombre

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    Apr 16, 2013
    It is DEFINITELY a lot of hard work, and there are lots and lots of dudes and dudettes that are way better than me at it.

    Personally I just use my dominant arm, and have learned to use my other hand and the tongs to manipulate the position of the work into a convenient position to whack it.

    It's a lot of fun for me, much more so when it isn't blazing hot with ridiculous humidity outside.
     
  6. tapforge

    tapforge

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    Dec 11, 2015
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  7. Lieblad

    Lieblad

    Jul 24, 2015
    I woone.
     
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  8. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Man... those hammers don't even look like they've been touched. Get to swinging!

    I have a hammer fetish... 40+ and counting. Mostly made or modified by me. Here are my main go to hammers at the moment.

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    From top to bottom...

    2.75 lb Double Diagonal Peen
    1.5 lb Ball Peen
    2.5 lb Ball Peen
    4 lb Modified Rounding Hammer(by Andrew Mcrain)
    2.5 Modified Rounding Hammer
    3.3 lb French Pattern
    2.2 lb French Pattern

    I can do just about anything with those French Pattern hammers. They were what I learned on. That said, the Rounding Hammers are growing on me.

    Hammer on, brother!
     
  9. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    I like Hammers! :D

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  10. Rick Marchand

    Rick Marchand Donkey on the Edge Moderator

    Jan 6, 2005
    Hey Don... you done with that little green one, yet? I was thinking about converting it into a sewing machine.:p
     
  11. Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer

    Aug 15, 2005
    Here are some of my favorite hammers:

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  12. dozencat

    dozencat

    40
    Feb 14, 2006
    Hello, this my blacksmith hammer. :D

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  13. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    Well , I can make katana sword from your hammers on this one :D I'm kidding of course :) These days I will try first san-mai on this hammer ...sorry for of topic :thumbup:

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  14. dozencat

    dozencat

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    Feb 14, 2006
    Big hammer,small anvil. :D

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