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Dead-blow mallets

G’day; a dead-blow mallet is generally made of a hard, but
tough and slightly resilient plastic. It looks much like an
ordinary mallet but the inside is hollow and contains a large
amount of lead shot. On the instant of making the blow as the
mallet moves rapidly through the air, the shot flies to the rear
end of the mallet due to inertia, and when the mallet makes
contact with the work the shot strikes the forward part ,
deadening the bounce due to the strike. They are a fairly
recent invention and are much in demand by professional
woodcarvers. Cheers,

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