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such a tool

I put the porn in your chair," torin3 said.

Oh goody, a tool catalog! I'd just talked to my refiner not half an hour ago, and I have silver coming. Metal prices suck, but now's the right time to turn back scrap, and I have. Let's see, what do we have here... mmm, pneumatic planishing hammers, small and large... I fantasize about the silver holloware possibilities... kinda small in the other hammer selections, although they're cheap enough for me to grind to custom shapes if I want, that's nice...

[makes me think of my hammer rant: do you know why hammers really come with a warning label to wear safety glasses in case the steel chips? It's not because the users are idiots. It's because we've settled for sucky modern steel, that's why. We let all our steel today be manufactured overseas, and they ship the crap to us. The only specs indicated are shear strength for building -- and modern hammers are fucked. Global marketplace, my ass.]

...wait, why is there a plastic owl in this tool catalog? Oh, it's Harbor Freight. Suddenly, I feel as if I've been reading really dirty porn. Euw. I think I could fight Lady Macbeth for the shower right now. Maybe I'll go surf Frei & Borel right now, the Suze Randall of tool porn, that'll make me feel better.

Of course, bonus porn points if you got the reference.


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May. 21st, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
oh hey I found a plater here. I aven't done the face to face visit yet to see what all they do and with what metal and how small to large blah blah ....

I'll pass the info to ya' once I get it.....
May. 21st, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
FWIW: The typical furrin made hammers that HF carries are really not that bad of steel, they just temper the entire head and work harden it. Since I've been known to take a grinder to metal to make the specific shape hammer I need, too, I really hate to tear up some artistic bit of toolwork when there's so much cheap metal out there to customize.

I've found that soaking the hammers in the bottom of the forge overnight so they get to a nice consistent temperature all the way through, then doing an oil quench on the face and peen, but not a complete quench, leaves the body of the hammer untempered and flexible while the striking surfaces are nice and hard. You just need a good dull red to start, enough to remove the factory temper.

That and the crappy wooden handles they use.... letting the old handle burn out in the forge is the easy way to remove them. My local Ace hardware has American hickory handles in lots of different sizes, and wedges, too.

May. 21st, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
You're a sexy, sexy man.
May. 21st, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Ah, tool pr0n. Gotta love it!
May. 24th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
So... how do ah collect them extra points? Yeah, HF is slumming, but those gorgeous, hot, sexy tools at Frei are out of my league. But at least I can drool over the catalog photos. Have you noticed that nowadays they're not smearing vaseline on the camera lens for that romantic blur like they did in the 70's?
May. 27th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
There's a big kiss for you next time I see you, Laurel of all things good. Vaseline indeed. ;)
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