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Long-time TM reader and photo pool member Tracy posted this interesting photo of an unusual tool used on muzzle-loading rifles: a nipple wrench.  He writes: “You can see in the photo how the wrench fits over the “firing nipple” to turn it for removal or installation.”

Check out the pool for other photos of this (and other) interesting tools.  And if you get a chance, sign up for a free account with Flickr, join the Toolmonger group, and post some pics of your own cool tools, projects, or shop.  We’ll be watching.

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2 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: A Nipple Wrench

  1. TMIB_Seattle says:

    Thanks for the feature. For reference, I just made this out of some square stock (probably 1/4″ stock, though I didn’t measure). I heated it in the forge and worked it over the anvil horn for the bends in the handle. The twist was done in the post vise with a twisting wrench (a pipe wrench with a second handle welded to the head).

    I’m still a novice at smithing, so it took me a few heats to do this, but it came out pretty decent.

    Most of these look decidedly modern. (http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=nipple+wrench) I wanted mine to look more appropriate to the time period of the muzzleloader.

    Of course the best part about this was going back to work on Monday and having people ask me what I did over the weekend. “Oh, I made a nipple wrench.”


  2. Jake says:

    *giggles* Oh, I can’t help myself.

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