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Hand Forging by Thomas F. Googerty

Blacksmithing, EQUIPMENT, handled, pair of tongs, clumsy, awkward, swages, set hammers, forged, square, tool steel, flatters, cold chisels, hot chisels, drilled, punched, eye, hickory, buggy-spoke, wedged, tool, sledge
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THE EQUIPMENT p.35 handled. (See Fig. 8.) A large pair of tongs should never be used on small work, as they are clumsy and awkward to handle. Tongs must be kept in good repair and always in their rack. There will be less trouble in doing work if this is done. There should be a full set of anvil tools, such as swages of all kinds (see Figs. 9 and 10) and a couple of set hammers forged from 1-1/4-in. square tool steel. One of these set hammers should have the edges of the face rounded just a little so as not to cut the iron and start a crack when using it; the other may be square on the face. There should be two flatters, one light and the other a little heavier; one or two cold chisels, one large and one small, forged from 1-1/4-in. -and l-1/2in. square tool steel; three or four hot chisels forged from 1-1/8in. and larger tool steel; also top and bottom fullers of various sizes. The eyes in the above tools should not be drilled, but punched while the piece is hot. The eye must not be punched too large: it should be small with a good deal of stock on each side of it to guard against breaking. A hickory buggy-spoke makes a good handle. It should not be wedged in this kind of a tool, but should fit the eye nicely and stick through about an inch. Then there is no danger of the tool being knocked off the handle from the blows of the sledge, as it can be seen

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