Down'n'dirty Blacksmithing/Blacksmithing Techniques II

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Advanced Techniques[edit | edit source]

Once you've mastered the basic techniques, you may be ready to try a project that calls for one of these processes:

Striker[edit | edit source]

Tourist helping artist blacksmith in Finland

Larger work often needs a heavier blow than can easily be produced with a hammer small enough to use with one hand. For this work, two smiths work together. The master smith holds the work and taps with a small hammer to indicate where to strike. The assistant, called a striker, uses a larger, two-handed hammer to apply the blow to the indicated spot.

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