to harden forging hammers or not ?
Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:07 PM
I have made a few extra hammers to sell and was wondering what your opinions were on weather to harden them or not. My own personal hammers are still hard and I notice no difference in the function when working hot metal .
what do you think .
All the best owen
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:55 PM
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 06:30 PM
Posted 30 March 2011 - 05:03 AM
I hope that wasn't me that damaged them mate.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 02:29 PM
Students frequently hit my anvils and the new anvil I bought a couple of years ago is still soft enough to mark with these hammers, though my nice old one is harder and stands up OK. I don't know how hard the hammers from cromwells are (I'll try and remember to check that tomorrow) but they are harder than normalised EN8 would be. I think I would give my students softer hammers to protect my tools; keeping harder faced ones for striking chisels and punches and for general drawing of stock. I really only get dents on my hammers and anvils at the edges when forging blades down.
Posted 30 March 2011 - 04:55 PM
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