Hello everyone! When I was in college there was a wonderful hammer
that the jewelry lab had. It was a Japanese chasing hammer, however,
no one knew where it came from, thus no one knew where to get it. My
question is, does any one know where I can purchase a japanese
chasing hammer in the States or online? Thank you for any help or
well, i am worried about suggesting this, but since i know she is a
caring person and teacher, i suggest contacting lori talcott for info
on this. i have a japanese chasing/engraving hammer that i got form
one of her fabulous classes, and i know she knows where to get them.
however, i also feel i must point out that the main difference
between the japanese chasing hammer i have and other hammers is
purely the way it is weighted…besides of course the cool way it
looks. so…if you are unable to find lori, as she travels a bunch,
perhaps you can experiment with differently weighted european/us made
It was a Japanese chasing hammer, however, no one knew where
it came from, thus no one knew where to get it. My question is,
does any one know where I can purchase a japanese chasing hammer in
the States or online? Thank you for any help or knowledge.
Might want to try the Japan Woodworker in Alameda, CA 800.537.7820 or japanwoodworker.com. I don’t know if they would have it but they have
a catalog and have always found the people really helpful. (I don’t
work for them nor do I have friends or family working there. Just
someone who enjoys visiting and making minor purchases when I visit
I have been selling tools for the past 30 years yet to see a
Japanese Chasing hammer. We sold French Chasing hammers to Japanese
Tool dealers. So I would be very interested in seeing one made in
Japan. Like to know if the hammer face had flat sharp edges.
I think it could have come from Europe as the origin of the Chasing
hammer is France. The best of them were made by a company called FMX.
The hammer face edge was rounded so as not to mar the working
Should post an image may be we can reproduce these.
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It was a Japanese chasing hammer, however, no one knew where it
came from, thus no one knew where to get it. My question is, does
any one know where I can purchase a japanese chasing hammer in the
States or online?
bill fiorni (Koka )used to make some Japanese style chasing hammers
– he may be importing some now:
Marcia Lewis ( http://www.chasingmetal.com ) did study in Japan. She
has mentioned this in her courses. She did not mention any thing
about the hammers from Japan but did discuss treatment of the punch
From pictures of Japanese chasers at work – They use a large number
of punches and some hammers ( not all) seem to take the form some
Japanese forging hammers with one offset head such as those here
a huge very worthwile file – wait to see all the photos- I didn’t at
first - not the typical european ones with a flat face and a small
balled one. You can find some other very small photos with google and
not enough to buy for chasing alone. I am in no way an authority on
I don’t know if the orchid digest mis printed your advice on
tempering chasing tools, but you seem to have missed out the steel
hardening section. Tempering is a process of softening the steel tip
down after hardening.
Here is my method
anneal the steel to a cherry red and let cool slowly on the
form, or shape the tool, then clean it up and polish it
re harden the tool by annealing the working tip to cherry red and
quenching immediately in oil or water.
re emery paper the tool and polish it so that you can see the
temper colours easy
use a small flame just below the tip of the tool and heat until
the colors appear, heat gently until your required temper colour hits
the tip, then quench quickly to hold that temper, then a final
I hope you don’t mind me adding a bit to your advice Noel.