This is mostly a survey question: How many people out there have a
kickpress? (that they use for jewelry making)
Technically, no kick-presses (I don’t care for them), but I employ 9
manual presses of various sizes and styles. Several are customized
presses and some are custom made. I have two more custom presses
that will be produced later this year for dedicated manual
production. Tonnage ranges from 3 to 110. I produce specialized
tooling for manual presses, but not some much for the jewelry trade,
they won’t pay for good tooling. I am a decades old silversmith by
profession that fell into tool and die work because of my intimate
understanding of metal forming inside a die. In several industries
they still choose to use, what would be referred to as secondary
operations, for primary forming of precious metals because the scrap
cost outweighs the cost saving of progressive or 4 slide press work.
Next year I plan to go back to some silver work with both handmade
and hand wrought flatware, and maybe buckles.
I would point out an interesting phenomenon, over the years, the
more presses I build or buy, the more anvils I buy as well. I have 3,
and the 3 to 1 ratio has been steady for a long time, though I did
upgrade one anvil to a Nimba earlier this year - thank you Fred Zweig
for the input on anvils. Fred is the anvil guy if you need help.