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Bill in Oregon

"soft" hammer?

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This has probably been asked and answered a thousand times, but is there such a thing as a soft-faced hammer for cleaning up the lines of a piece of stock to which you have added twists that won't batter the twists? Hope I am "'splainin' dis" clearly. I have an "hide" hammer that will work but the hot iron quickly burns out the hide. Maybe something like this from Thor?

 

https://www.thorhammer.com/hammers/hide/03-210.html

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Wooden or rawhide hammer? and soft 'anvil', such as a wood or raw hide covering on the regular anvil or solid workbench?

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2x4 or similar laid on the anvil or use a stump and a simple to make wooden mallet. No real need to buy fancy stuff when simple works great. 

Glad it's working for you Jasent. I use mine often. :) 

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Dogwood is a good mallet head; no flash and it lasts a long time.

Give this a try. squeeze the bent twist in the vise keeping the work corner to corner facing the vise jaws, the untwisted portion that you're holding. Give it a turn and squeeze again. The twist is wider than the parent stock, because corner to corner measures more than flat to flat.

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I use an “Andy hammer” (named for Andy Mckenzie/@Everything Mac), which is a metal hammer with a hollow socket for a replaceable wooden head. Mine is made from rebar and a chunk of ash:

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