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Cat head hammer

Frank Turley

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A sort of peculiar hammer that was designed before the turn of the 20th century for the use of farriers. Nowadays, we call it a cat head. My 1894 tool catalog calls it the Chicago pattern hammer, and the rounding hammer we now commonly use, a New York pattern. I'm sure it was used for turning (making) horseshoes, but the faces are tiny and rounding, so I'm wondering how to use nice blows for shoe leveling. Perhaps, the old timers flatter finished.

One advantage is that the cheeks are full and heavy and the eye relatively small, thus giving the hammer a surprising heft. Both have the small cross peen. The larger head was manufactured by Heller Bros, and is 3" in length. The smaller one was manufactured by V & B (Vaughn & Bushnell) and measures 3 1/2" in length.

The Hellers hammer came with the knob as part of the haft. Both hafts are about 13 1/2" in length.



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