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Issue #170 March 2005


Upsetting vises are hard to find, but they are among the most useful equipment in the shop. Their primary use is upsetting rivet heads, they also provide a solid work surface for any end-forging operation. Our version is scaled down from a larger one and features an off-the-shelf gear rack for holding the adjustable back-up block in place.

This third installment of “How Was It Made” features an interesting repair made to a power hammer at Flicker Forge. It’s a good example of how “low Tech” blacksmithing techniques can be used for major repairs to machinery. Issue 175 shows how we think it was made.