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These are plain flat dies with square corners.
This is a multi-use die pair and generally required tooling.
Together these are used for forging flats, tennons and texturing.
The bottom die can also be used as a riser block for standard clapper (spring) dies such as made by Off-Center Tools and sold by Kayne and Son.
The top can be used with other bottom dies where the top simply needs to be a flat surface.
Russell O'Dell demonstrated making a flat aged or slightly pitted surface by sprinkling forge scale on a piece of hot iron and pressing it into the surface with the flat dies.
The top flat die is usualy made from one piece with a turned shank if a lathe is available.
It can be round or square as shown.
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