If you have used a Chasing Hammer for any amount of time, the face of your hammer will eventually get small dents and pits in its surface. Usually these defects won’t affect anything, but if you are going to be hammering silver, gold, or copper, you will want a smooth face. Today we will look at how to re-smooth the surface of your hammer.
I use my Chasing Hammer for many things from hammering metal, to channel setting stones, hard pounding and light tapping. Eventually the face of the hammer will get dented and pitted and you will want to clean it up. My hammer face is not beat up too bad, because I resurface it pretty regularly, but I will show you the process I go through anyway.
First I will sand the face with a Rotary Snap-on Disc, first a Medium, then a Fine Disc. I do this to remove the deeper blemishes. Next I will rub the face of the hammer on a piece of sandpaper on a flat, hard surface. I start with 400 Grit, then move to 600 Grit.
After I have sanded the face fairly smooth with 600 Grit Sandpaper, I like to polish the surface by putting some Graystar Polishing Compound on a paper towel or on a cloth and rubbing the face of the hammer on it. Rub it fairly hard and vigorously. This will take out the small sandpaper scratches and give the hammer face a good polish.
Now that the face of the hammer is smooth and polished, it will leave a cleaner imprint when hammering metal. I will try to demonstrate this in the next day or two, because I had a couple of readers ask about hammering wire flat if you do not have a Rolling Mill. I will try to demonstrate this process, and it works much better with a smooth hammer face, so stay tuned.
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