Taking care of your Hammers and Mallets
Any imperfections on the face of your hammer will transfer to the surface of the metal you are working with. Polish out imperfections on the face of a steelhead hammer with sandpaper and polishing papers.
Which Hammers and Mallets are best for the job?
Mallets, deliver a good solid blow without a lot of force. They bend metal without stretching or affecting the surface of the metal without leaving marks. Mallets are great for sizing rings on a mandrel, forming wire and work hardening metal.
Mallets are good right out of the packaging and will last a long time as long as you take care of them.
Use the right hammers for their intended purpose. The round portion of a ball pein hammer is great for adding texture to metal sheet and the flat face can be used for striking metal punches. The surface of these hammers should be well maintained, kept smooth and free of any nicks, scratches or deep scars. Any marks on the face of the hammer will be imparted to the surface of the metal you will be hammering.
A goldsmiths / rivetting hammer is used for compacting rivets to hold multiple sheets of metal together and is a favourite in the jeweller workshop.
Each hammer has two textures built right in. Use these to add texture to metal sheet, metal drops or anything metal that needs dimension.
Manufactured to be lightweight, comfortable. They are designed for chasing metal. Hitting the end of a chasing tool with the face of the chasing hammer. The small round end can be used for adding decorative patterns and textures to the surface of most metals.
The time you put in to keeping your tools in good working order will save you the time it would take to remove unwanted marks in your design