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I know a bunch of smiths that when they get up to those sizes just weld a handle to the end.  When I was forging some 2.5" sq stock we welded a 1" sq stock handle to it, of course I was using a powerhammer and could use both hands on the handle.

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I personally dont like welding handles on material unless it's a big billet of Damascus. And I would never try to break this material down by hand. Definitely going to be done with the power hammer. Actually these tongs were made with about 90% power hammer and 10% hand hammer.

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On 12/23/2019 at 12:58 PM, ThomasPowers said:

just weld a handle to the end.

Hard to turn the bar around and run it thru the hammer the other way with a bar welded to the end.  Probably works fine for knife makers thou.  

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Another set I made today. I made these ones to hold some railroad track after the top is forged down a bit. I have some big flat bit tongs to hold it to start forging but nothing between them and my smaller tongs. 

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I wish I would have dressed the boss a little more and I still need to bend the reigns closer together.

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