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Japanese Knifemakers Hammer
Also known as a dog’s head hammer in the West, this style of hammer is used by bladesmiths in Japan for moving steel quickly and efficiently. Knifemakers, chiselmakers, and swordmakers use this type of hammer extensively. It allows for rapid and accurate forming of the edge. The narrow face is very aggressive, even on hard tool steels, while allowing for forging your edge thin without hitting the anvil. Forged from 1045 steel, and hardened and tempered for maximum toughness, at the same time avoiding excessive hardness which can lead to chipped edges and dings on your anvil.
Please note: All hammers are hand-forged, resulting in a final product that is unique and unrepeatable with some variation from the photo. Your hammer will look similar and meet the specifications described here. Please allow 2 – 3 weeks for forging and delivery.