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    There was a question regarding making tools for shaping with, such as punches etc. well for making punches and chasing tools I use silver steel rods, which I shape and then harden and temper before use. I also make press tools using brass rods. I thought some may be interested in checking out this metal supplier, they stock a lot of useful metals, both rods and sheets in various shapes and sizes.
    See; http://www.collegeengineering.co.uk/shop-online/

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldsmith View Post
    There was a question regarding making tools for shaping with, such as punches etc. well for making punches and chasing tools I use silver steel rods, which I shape and then harden and temper before use. I also make press tools using brass rods. I thought some may be interested in checking out this metal supplier, they stock a lot of useful metals, both rods and sheets in various shapes and sizes.
    See; http://www.collegeengineering.co.uk/shop-online/

    James
    Am I right in thinking 1/4 " is an average useful diameter for punches?

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    And thanks for the reference James.
    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickD View Post
    Am I right in thinking 1/4 " is an average useful diameter for punches?
    I used 1/8" and 1/4" silver steel rods for making my texturing and chasing tools, both round rod and square rods. The round rods are also great for winding jumprings etc. When I ordered I ordered a selection of sizes. I have also bought silversteel rods from this supplier; https://www.ekpsupplies.com/silversteel.html

    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldsmith View Post
    I used 1/8" and 1/4" silver steel rods for making my texturing and chasing tools, both round rod and square rods. The round rods are also great for winding jumprings etc. When I ordered I ordered a selection of sizes. I have also bought silversteel rods from this supplier; https://www.ekpsupplies.com/silversteel.html

    James
    Much appreciated.
    Nick

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