Scaled-down Jeweler's hammers, PrecisionSmith hammers are ideal for work on lighter metal gauges, for filigree and other fine work and for texturing. This assortment includes
• planishing hammer
• narrow raising hammer
• wide raising hammer
• small embossing hammer
• large embossing hammer
The handles are made of Padauk wood, known for its strength, stability and beauty, and are oil-finished; each is specially shaped to give you a light touch, and the thin necks flex slightly with hammering for ultimate comfort. Heads are cast from 420-grade stainless steel and tool hardened to 50 HRC for maximum durability and effectiveness.
Got a hammer with a head that's loosening from the wood handle? Here's a trick we borrowed from the blacksmithing trade: Soak your hammer in automotive antifreeze for about 48 hours. The wood swells as the liquid fills the hammer's wood fibers. The hammer comes out clean--just wipe it with a rag and it is ready to use. This method helps to protect the hammer against drying out and helps keep the head tight and secure.
IMPORTANT! Use this method ONLY on hammers that have wood handles and metal heads.
Repeat the process as needed periodically, depending on how dry the climate in your area is.
How To Pick the Right Jewelry Hammer
• Riveting--used for forming metal and for riveting. With one round face and one chiseled face. • Ball peen--a popular hammer commonly used for shaping and flattening metal and for removing dents. With one round flat face and one round half-domed face. • Embossing--also known as repoussé, embossing works the metal from the back to form three-dimensional shapes. With two highdomed round faces. • Forming--used to move heavy-gauge metal while retaining much of the weight of the original metal. Substantial weight with a slightly rounded face. • Raising--for creating a seamless form without thinning the metal. With two rectangular faces. • Planishing--used for hardening metal and for smoothing the surface of gold, silver, brass, stainless steel and other metals. • Chasing--a multi-purpose hammer for chasing, chiseling, riveting or peening. With one flat face and one round face. • Mallet--useful for forming, bending and shaping without scratching or marring surfaces. With soft faces (brass, rawhide, nylon, paper or plastic).