Outstanding Quality in Polished Stainless Steel-You'll Love These Hammers!
Fretz Jewelers Hammers are the original hammers made by Fretz,
and still by far the most popular hammer in the growing line of Fretz hammers. Fretz Precisionsmith hammers are smaller than these Jewelers hammers, and Fretz Silversmithing hammers are larger, so for many people, Fretz Jewelers hammers are “just right”.
Fretz hammers are remarkable for two primary features:
Made from African Padauk, a type of Rosewood, the Fretz handle has a marvelous feel, smooth and perfectly balanced.
Each weight of hammer has an appropriate sized handle, the heavier the head, the heavier the handle. Handles are usually a dark brown color although some will have a lighter color as Fretz will occasionally source a lighter shaded recycled Asian Padauk. No matter what the shade is, you won’t find a better handle on any hammer made today.
Fretz casts the hammer heads in 420 stainless steel and then hardens them to 50Rc. They are highly polished and available in a variety of shapes and profiles for every metalsmithing technique.
This is the Fretz narrow raising hammer HMR-3
, with a handle length of 220mm (8-7/8") and a hammer head length of 72mm (2-7/8") The hardened stainless steel heads are polished to perfection, and the rosewood handles have a special finish that feels downright sensual. No kidding, the rosewood handles and finished so well that they just plain feel good in you hand. The balance is perfect, and the polished stainless steel surface is exceptional.
Here is what Bill Fretz has to say about Raising:
Raising is the compression of metal down to the stake without stretching it
. The trick is to angle the metal off the stake so that there is an air gap for the compression. The Wide Raising Hammer can be used to raise sheet metal into a bowl against a wooden stake or a metal t-stake. It is also useful for raising in cylinders to form a concave shape.
The Wide Raising hammer also makes it possible to planish subtle concave shapes. The size of the hammer will be dictated by the size of the work. Small light projects will use the mini hammers and the larger work will demand the large hammers. The concepts of what they do are the same.
||5.5 x 19.5mm & 7.5 x 19.5mm
||2.75 oz. (78g)
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