Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hammer and Tongs

A well-fitted pair of tongs can make a blacksmith’s work much easier. We have a wide variety of tongs in the shop. Some, like the flat jaw and the Farrier pattern are used for multiple purposes. But when we have a job that will be done repeatedly we make tongs just for the size of metal used in that job. We have bolt tongs that hold round stock securely.
Box-jaw tongs hold square or rectangular stock in an iron grip.
Hammer-eye tongs are used to hold a hammer head by the eye while it is forged to shape. The blacksmith is a tool maker, so we can make tongs to suit our work. Having well-fitted tongs makes our work safer and better.

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