You comment that its asking a lot from a hammer, Not surprisingly a
hammer will give a lot, if your setup is right.
As I have mentioned in the past, I hammer titanium, cold, up to 18in
dia and 3/16th in thick into bowls and dishes. You just need a big
hammer and the right anvil.
So to the question asked by the poster, I use a hardened steel block
weighing around 20 lbs being 3in thick and is set up at 45Deg to the
bench top, I sit in front of it, moving the metal as the chasing
hammer goes ding ding ding, some 30 to 40 strokes a minuite. This
texturing is done on the titanium with a mirror polished edge chasing
hammer weighing only some 8 oz.
I set this up back in 1969 when I was texturing silver prior to
enamelling, just tried titanium on this this setup and it worked
As an aside you may not be aware that im primarily a wrought product
workshop now specialising in minted work.
It was some 21 yrs after I started down this metalworking road
before I got my first Hazelwood and Dent drop hammer for the minting
Circa 1889. height some 10 ft, weight around 2 tons hammer weight
some 100lbs, drop height some 5 ft.
The second d/stamp has a hammer of 275 lbs and gives some 100 tons
Building all the lift and drive mechanism was quite a challenge.
Just love big hammers.! The minting dies are the key to use all this
supporting machinery. Their design and making is where the artistry
I build all my own structural steel work to turn what was designed
to be permanently built into a factory, into a fully mobile setup.
Not the hammer used on the titanium tho.
Obviously some things are soldered as in silver brazed, after
minting, ie the omega’s on button backs etc, tho some products like my
buckles have no soldering at all. Also one design of torque uses
swaged as in the talurit technique used on ships rigging, silver
Google for Ted Frater Bronzesmith and minter for written details of
my work history in this area.
Hope you enjoy.