Steve Sells

Hammer pein shapes

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Here are the 2 main shapes I use for my hammer peins, These are used for drawing out the steel. Pien 1 is an idea I got from Brian Brazeal, notice how I used a large radius of about 5 inches for the arch of the face, this is not a rounding hammer, one end is a straight pein, the other is a cross. Pein 2 is a photo of the pein of my normal working hammer, the radius on this one is a little over 3/4 inch diameter. I feel the very sharp peins that are on many factory hammers is close to a hot cut and I do not want to cut the steel, I want to move it gently.

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On the design of the first hammer I call that a fullering hammer I have several with different radius's that way you use the same swing but by the tighter radius you have a more aggressive movement of the metal under the hammer. It is a very Europe design. I do like to use them on metal makes the work move along quickly. I also found it to be a great teaching tool

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My favorite hammer has a peen that looks like someone welded a chunk of 1" diameter rod to the hammer to make the peen---(it was forged that way) It's a straight peen to boot and great for drawing out with no cold shuts to be worried about---especially I can use it standing point on to the anvils horn and use the horn at the same time---flip the piece every time it goes in the fire to keep it even.

I have a fairly rounded hammer face I like to use on knives when I need to pinch an area that's hanging back along the edge---far better to pinch it out than to grind the rest of the blade down to it!

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Thomas wot you just said abouit pinching the metal out is a real key to blade forging..the steel is telling you that in that area it is thicker than the rest...When we see that it really helps doing blades.........Thank you!

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The better the job at the forge the easier the job at the grinder---and I sure like forging more than I like grinding!

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On 10/31/2012 at 6:34 PM, Steve Sells said:

Here are the 2 main shapes I use for my hammer peins, These are used for drawing out the steel. Pien 1 is an idea I got from Brian Brazeal, notice how I used a large radius of about 5 inches for the arch of the face, this is not a rounding hammer, one end is a straight pein, the other is a cross. Pein 2 is a photo of the pein of my normal working hammer, the radius on this one is a little over 3/4 inch diameter. I feel the very sharp peins that are on many factory hammers is close to a hot cut and I do not want to cut the steel, I want to move it gently.

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Steve, since the site ate the photos, do you have replacements for these missing images? Thanks!

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On 4/5/2016 at 9:10 AM, JHCC said:

Steve, since the site ate the photos, do you have replacements for these missing images? Thanks!

I would like to see as well! thanks!

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I ground the cross pien on my three pounder to the radius of a dime.

Pnut

 

Edited by pnut
posted wrong pic

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