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Widget Supply has a 1-1/8″ diameter face chasing hammer for $6.97. Despite looking like a giant bruiser in the picture, this hammer is actually quite light and small, with a head weight of only 6 oz. Think shaping and delicate work — not bashing things into submission.

The hammer is used for striking chasing tools as well as directly shaping malleable metals. Chasing is the forming of metal by hammering the surface with small, shaped punches against a resilient backing such as jeweler’s pitch. Most jewelers also use hammers such as this for cold forging metal against a small anvil or bench block.

1-1/8″ dia. Chasing Hammer [widgetsupply.com]


One Response to Dealmonger: 6oz. 1-1/8″ Diameter Chasing Hammer

  1. Bryan Park says:

    You got most of this right, but the last sentence is incorrect. Some jewelers may use a chasing hammer for light forging, but it would generally be unproductive as the face of a chasing hammer is soft and easily picks up lots of dings from punches and chasing tools. These dings would be transferred to the metal when forging, requiring a lot of cleanup.

    Secondly, I would not recommend using this hammer, the shape of the head is incorrect, and the handle is too thick to provide the proper amount of spring when chasing. You’d be much better off getting a chasing hammer from a smithing supply house like Otto Frei or Allcraft.

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