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BP1006 Hofi Tong Clips
by Uri Hofi
When forging and using the tongs to hold the steel, rotate move and change the position of the steel on the anvil the managing hand gets some times more tired then the hammer hand, when you have to hold with a good grip on the reins not to let the steel fall and to be all ways in the right position, a good and simple clip prevents the position.
There are many types of clips some times to heavy and some times to complicate to forge. This is simple to forge easy to use and I forge it in one heat.
The tools used are an anvil, hand hammer, anvil fork, hardie, belt grinder. Material is round steel 1/4" or 5/16" OD
You point the steel out of the fork leg according to the size of the clip. You lean on the left leg of the fork and you hammer towards you on the other.
You can see that I over lap the end of the steel to prevent it from colliding in the next step
You lean on the near edge of the anvil and hammer down until you get the 90 degrees eye
Lean on the far edge of the anvil hammer the eye towards you until you get a compleat eye and the" legs" are straeight in line with one another.
You lay down the eye on the anvil and forge it flat to the OD of the steel.
You can see how I straighten the element when the eye is in the prichel hole.
Forging the final form on the fork.
Cutting off the clip from the steel on the hardie.
Grinding on the belt grinder to round the end.
The use of the clip. The tongs are always desigened in a way that the clip is put on the rein from the narrow side (front) and is slides back wards the end of the reins.
The "C" clip has existed for hundreds of years. My addition to the clip is the "eye" that makes the clip much more easy to use, hold and adjust.
Assorted size clips.
The little bowl on the anvil tray contains assorted size clips. This keeps the clips in one place so they are easy to use.
Hope things are clear