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Spring swages, sometimes called "Clapper dies" are top and bottom dies for doing specific tasks in forging. The top and bottom dies are meant to work together to form your work. Many of these spring swages are designed to make reproduceable parts. We have Balls, Mid-Balls, Acorns, Ropes and many other forming spring swages, in addition to hardy shanks. We also have many blacksmith swages designed to put textures into plain stock bringing your work to life with leaves and veins, wood textures and many other textures.
*****The dies of these spring swages are drop forged S7 or H13 tool steel. The dies are heat treated after forging and then welded to a mild steel spring. The weld wire is a high tensil strength wire designed for use with dissimilar materials. However the weld is also the stress point. Due to the liklihood that each blow will not be even the weld will eventual fracture. It is for this reason that we can only replace these if the dies themselves fail and and for reasonable amount of time and use.
DO NOT USE Hands to hold under a power hammer.
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