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    Default Chasing Hammer - Advice

    Hi All. Me again!

    I have been watching a lot of online tutorials about how to use and what to do with a chasing/repousse hammer and I quite fancy getting myself one. However, I have what might seem a rather stupid question....

    All of the tutorials I have watched show and mentions that that face of the hammer is slightly 'convex' which help eliminate 'edge' marks on your work. However, when looking at ones to buy - they all seem to be flat faced. From what I understand flat faced hammers leave marks if not used correctly. Am I missing something?


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    Hi Razzle,
    Professionals take great pride in their chasing hammers, their feel and the beauty of the handles. Often they have more than one size, and even make their own, head and all.
    The reason for the outsize face and slight convexity is to hit punches truly while concentrating on the workpiece, as explained in this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDHUi1UKyeg

    For beginners or occasional use, even a very basic one might do
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewellers-T...77226710&psc=1
    Dennis.

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    Hi Dennis

    I love watching OJA's tutorials but the downside is - I want to try everything!!!

    Now look what you've done - I'm going to have to buy myself one now

    Many thanks as always.

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    Might I just mention, that for smoothing out metal, you need a planishing hammer, which often has one round face and one square face, both slightly convex. They are used directly on the metal, supported by a stake, block, or anvil and kept well polished.
    Some members can't resist the Fretz brand, but something similar can often be made from cheap DIY tools, by shaping and polishing them yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqTddSirdx8
    Dennis.

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