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Wesley..... I must have been mumbling a little bit (or maybe a lot). I said "Fish Mouth". I was refering to a defect in the forging that was forming on the end of the bar. When I want to put a really short taper on the end of a rod with a power hammer, if the initial efforts don't push the center out (forward), the sides will push out over the center and form a hole in the end of the bar. This is often referred to as a 'fish mouth'. It kinda looks like one if you are rounding the taper as you make it. One way to avoid it from happening is to start a taper back further to ensure it doesn't happen. I probably could have avoided this if I had made a square taper to a point, then rounded it after I was close to the shape I needed.

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