Nowadays, the metal forging process involves high-tech machinery. However, some hand-forging tools are necessary for certain forging processes.
These hand tools are also known as blacksmith’s tools and are also used in the top forging units.
Hammer is the best friend of a blacksmith. Besides hammer, some other hand forging tools are:
What is Forging?
Forging is the process of shaping metals using heat and force. The heating of metals adds an advantage to the finished product.
The forging of metal pieces includes placing the piece between two dies and exerting high pressure on the hot metal.
The high pressure and temperature seal all the cracks and remove the impurities from the metal piece.
Hand Forging Tools
Under high temperatures, metal reduces to plastic and deforms into any shape and size.
Some of these tools are essential to save from burns, and some have a role in forming the perfect shape.
The anvil acts as the workspace for forging processes like flattening surfaces and creating different metal shapes.
It has a circular hole on the flat surface which helps to bend metal rods at certain angles with a hammer. The anvil also has a square hole that holds the square shanks.
- Drift & Punch
This forging tool helps to create and enlarge the holes in forged metal pieces.
The punches are available in different sizes but have similar shapes. Also, it is possible to enlarge the holes using drift.
The heated punches help in forming a hole in the metal piece without distorting its shape.
Chisels are used to cut the edge of a metal piece. Depending on the temperature of forging, chisels are of two types- the hot chisel and the cold chisel.
The tapering angle of hot chisels is 30° while for a cold chisel is 60°. The edge of the hot chisel is slightly rounded for a better cutting experience.
The flatter helps to flatten the surface of the metal piece using a hammer. It has a flat surface with a large surface area attached to the shank to hit the hammer with force.
The flatter has a wooden rod attached to the shank to hold it in place while hammering.
- Swage & Swage Block
With swage, the forging units can create various shapes of the metal piece, like round, square, or hexagonal.
The swage block has several holes in it to perform heading, squaring, bending, and sizzling. The holes are of different shapes and sizes to reduce the metal piece to the desired size.
Tongs prevent the burning of hands while holding the hot metal piece. The metal piece in the furnace is hot and should not be held with bare hands.
Tongs are classified into different categories depending on their shape, size, and grip.
The different types of tongs are flat or square, round nose, hollow nose, and angle or vee nose.
Why Choose Murari Engineering Works?
Murari Engineering Works has the best quality forged metals for various industries. We are one of the leading industries of metal forging.
Our client satisfaction is our priority, and our products go through quality checks before reaching the clients.
The forging process puts a great impact on the durability of products, and thus we employ the best forging techniques to manufacture the products.