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MWTCA July 2019 'What's It' Project (890)

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"What's It" Basic Rules Reminder

 

For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project"

  • Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award.
  • The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It".
  • If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership".
  • Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw.

 

Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our "What's it" live and ready!

The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it!

 

Project Details

The information provided hereon is all the information that is provided, no further information on this item will be added.

 

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13 minutes ago, Woodbutcherbynight said:

I remember seeing this tool being used by an Amish Blacksmith back in 91, just outside Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

What was it used for Gunny? Do you remember the purpose or how it was being struck on the metal?

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4 minutes ago, steven newman said:

Look up Yerkes & Plumb    Top Swage Hammer....

 

Used with a "bottom swage"  to form round bars from square stock....like iron handles...bottom swage goes in the hardy hole....hot iron into it, then the top is hammered down onto the hot iron..

Thanks Steve, that looks promising, but the hammer we are featuring, does not have the blunt style opposing end to hit with another hammer, if that is how you use it. The other end is more tapered, not very strong to take constant blows from another hammer?

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10 hours ago, steven newman said:

Hmmmm....

Some get beat up, more than others....

Not trying to pick a fight with ya Steve, but I just don't see it as a swag hammer, the swag hammers are made with a blunt end to take a blow from another hammer it appears, our specimen was made to chip away or shape something at the other end, to me it looks like a dual purpose hammer. I can't see why they would originally forge a more wedged shaped end on a hammer to receive a blow like that?

Also swag hammers are made with a very thick neck, again to take that blow from another hammer, if you view our hammer, it has a very slim delicate neck before the hammer head.

 

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Well, you certainly can't bang on the swage end.....tapered end MIGHT have been for use in the hardy hole....wouldn't be much use to cut things to length with....

 

Maybe the one you were asking about, the What is it, was a "New in the box" Old Stock tool...hasn't been used.

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