I am looking for a good source of hammers for forging.
I’ve been reading Oppi Untracht’s Jewelry Concepts and Technology.
On page 246, there is an illustration of a wide variety of
silversmithing hammers including basic, raising and embossing. And
following on from that is a ‘forging in action’ demonstration where
he demonstrates a 2lb cross peen hammer to start with on quarter
inch square sterling bar.
My problem is that I am having difficulty finding anywhere that has
a wide variety of silversmithing hammers, particularly the raising
hammers, and working out which weight of hammer would be appropriate
for a particular piece/weight/size of metal. I would like to start
my collection with 4/6 hammers that I can use for medium weight
work. (I already have a goldsmiths, basic ball peen, planishing
5oz., and a small jewellers hammer, amongst others for other uses)
If anyone can point me in the right direction or give some advice I
would be very grateful.
with best wishes