By chance yesterday I checked the weight of the hammer in use in the photograph above (I'm working on a set of photographs of striking fixtures now). It is 48 ounces, which is 3 pounds, or roughly 1.… (View Post)
I had wanted to post some pictures of the "facer" in its different forms, but it turned out that there were too many for a posting of reasonable length. So I've put them in a page which is … (View Post)
The punchcutter (specifically) only needs a soft metal such as lead for proofing counterpunches. You can't proof a counterpunch with a smoke proof, because the smoke proof tells you what the end of t… (View Post)
First (as an aside) a note of thanks to those who have been posting other material, questions, and comments. I feel a bit awkward posting so much here, but by complete chance I have access to quite a… (View Post)
Well, I've checked a little more carefully and discovered that Rudolf Koch's method of just clamping the punch in the vise is in fact well attested - and in our two earliest-and-best sources at that.… (View Post)