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Interesting Tongs, I think


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The nail to be grabbed is sticking out of the horses hoof, the flat jaw goes under the hoof the rounded jaw is to reach up and pull the protruding nail tip down. They fit right well!

A perhaps more common variant has a flat jaw and a curved up jaw---we always called them alligators. I've forged several of this type into plain tongs. The deep serrations can be removed or left according to your preferences.

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Yup definetly clinchers.   Charles I still use clinchers over a clinch block and hammer unless I feel like using the extra time. I set the nail over with pull offs but then nip the nails, clean under nail shank with rasp, 1/2moon, then pull the clinches into position and rasp over. to smooth and finish. 


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