Nordic Forge Rounding Hammers in Hand Hammers Posted June 26, 2014 I've become a big fan of the rounding hammers. Originally I was exclusively using Frenchies. I have them from 600 to 1500g - about 1 to 3.3 lbs. Some guys like swedes, some german, some Czech. For the price, the MOB ones are excellent as are the peddinghaus. Lately however, I am leaning more towards these large diameter rounding hammers. I was initially introduced to the merits of them through several old favorites- Champions, Hellers and a Cliff Carrol that is about awesome. Most are in the 2lb range and several are probably at least 100 years old. The Nordic could easily fit in this category. It's from those designs I learned about Jay Sharp and Erin Simmons- two guys who seem to command some of the highest prices for their hammers. I really didn't know about Brians work until later and while you can say there are similarities I believe the farrier models I've tried to mimic have tighter fullering. I like the mass nearer the center body. It makes spreading the cheeks trickier but, I believe, makes for a snappier blow. They are 1045, water quenched to approx. 55 Rockwell.