Japanese Blacksmith Hammer, 2.5 lb | Dog head hammer | Knife making | Forging Description
Throughout history, knife makers and bladesmiths have used hammers with an asymmetrically weighted head. In ancient times, these types of hammers were used throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. This ‘dog head’ hammer allows the bladesmith to let gravity do more of the work and to make very even uniform hammer blows. This particular hammer is 2.5 pounds with a 13 inch long handle, ideal for forging knives and even swords. On the side it has engraved the Japanese kanji for ‘swordsmith’ (katana kaji). It is made of hardened 1045 plain carbon steel. The striking face of the hammer has been left flat, and the buyer will need to round it with a belt grinder according to his preferences before use. It should take less than a minute to round your hammer face.