Bolts & Fasteners
The hot cut is one of the most common cutting tools a blacksmith can have. These "hacking irons" can be used to cut stock down to size, trim forgings, apply decorative cuts to pieces or split bars down their center line. There are many styles of hot cut hardy's, chsiels, handled hot cutter, handled cold cutter and many more types of cutters. Many of the metal cutting tools are designed for special purposes and will stand the test of time better if used in those situations. Some slitters are even made from some of the most advanced materials to help tham deal with the trememdous amount of heat they must handle. If you are a one man operation a spring swage cutter or a guilottine cutter might work better for you as it will minimise the danger of a sharp edge moving in the wrong direction and cutting something vital to you or your project. Perhaps all you need is a cut-off hardy tool. We live an an era with many cutting tool options but sometimes using one that is already close by such as a cutting hardy will save some time and cut down on trips across the shop to the bandsaw.
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