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Four smiths, loose sledge hammer heads flying off, hitting head, through window, ducking running. . .

When was the last time you inspected and repaired all your handled tools?

January 31, February 1: Hammer Handle Day

An anvilfire day on the last weekend of January, or first days of February dedicated to wood handled tool cleanup and repair.

Repair all those abused, worn and weathered tool handles. Replace, re-wedge, glue, sand, varnish, paint and repair those neglected handled tools. Every tool from shovels to fine graving hammers can benefit from a touch with a file or grinder, a little paint and varnish. They will last longer and be safer to use.

Handle Repair an FAQ

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Man studying book 'Forging 101' surrounded by hammers with little doll dress on them, little girl in background crying.  Joe fails on first attmpt at dressing hammers.


Dressing Hammer faces is an important skill in blacksmithing. This is more true today than it was in the past. In the past even the most common factory hammers were carefully machine and hand dressed to the proper profile. Today many are sold rough dressed (heavy chamfers only) or are very poorly dressed by untrained low wage workers.

Dressing Hammer Faces FAQ
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