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Hammer Handles: A living thing
Part 2 – loose hammer handles
Question number 1:
What is the shape of the eye?
Did you know it was common for traditional struck tools, which sometime get lumped into the hammer category, to have a STRAIGHT EYE. If these were handled at all it was often with a branch or wagon spoke lying around. In some cases a wire or small diameter steel was wrapped around the head with a length to hold onto. They were done like this purposely to avoid the shock to travel into the hand of the craftsman holding it. Stuck tools such as flatters and top fullers were rarely wedged or fastened.
A hammer would have an HOURGLASS EYE; slightly smaller in the mid-section of the eye. This allows for handle to expand when a wedge is inserted. The handle should also have a shoulder or a swell that keeps the head from moving down the handle.
So on to the job at hand….
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