Fig 125 Showing The Position Of The Pick And Hammer For Shaping The Point Of The Pick

it on the anvil, as shown in Figure 125, and proceed to hammer the point out to the desired shape. Some smiths give the tool a quarter turn after each blow of the hammer, and thus draw the metal out uniformly. Others strike several blows on one side, then give it a quarter turn, and draw it down evenly. The hammer is directed down and toward the worker, so that if the hammer were to continue, it would strike the worker just below the knee. The hammer is held so that the face strikes the metal flat and does not leave marks on the iron. The blows of the hammer are delivered in rapid succession, so as to accomplish the maximum of shaping under a single heating.

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