This rawhide mallet, with a head made from the highest grade rawhide and a handle of top-grade hickory, is an excellent choice for forming, bending and flattening metal by hammering directly on its surface. Mallets are defined by their large heads and broad, flat faces.
Rawhide mallets are glued and sealed in the factory, leaving them hardened from the process so that a new mallet easily mars metal workpieces. For best results and to reduce your finishing time, we recommend breaking in the head of your rawhide mallet before use on workpieces.
• All rawhide mallet heads should be broken in (conditioned and softened) before using them on metal workpieces. New mallets clearly show the spiral of the leather roll; on a well broken-on mallet, this spiral is softened and blurred, often displaying frayed edges. To condition a new mallet:
1. Remove the epoxy resin from the face to open the leather seams. Use a coarse rasp file, coarse sandpaper, or any type abrasive material.
2. Continue cleaning the face of the mallet until all the resin is removed. When all the resin is removed, the face will turn white and the edges will become rough.
3. Strike the mallet face against a rough surface for several minutes until the face is soft. Concrete, brick, or meat tenderizer works well for this.
4. After a few minutes, use a sharp object to push into the face to determine the softness.
5. Clean up the face with a fine sandpaper to remove any debris. Clean up the edges if desired.