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. The top-quality construction of this mallet features screws rather than nails or staples to secure the rawhide roll.
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) Soak your mallet head in water for two hours.
2) After soaking, dry off the head by squeezing it with a clean towel or paper towels.
3) Hammer the mallet against a flat, hard surface such as concrete, stone or brick. This softens and conditions the leather, blurring of the edges of the new leather.