TM Roughing Air Hammer Dies

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Roughing Head Die

This upper die is a cup filled with leather and acts much like a sandbag. If you are familiar with using a mallet and a leather bag to do rough shaping, the concept behind this die will be familiar to you. However, since the soft leather is above, and the hard metal striking surface is below, it would be the equivalent of hitting the hammer with the shot bag (instead of the other way around!). Use this die in conjunction with either  the high crown steel lower die (from the Basic Die set) or the very high crown steel lower die, for rapid stretching without marking the metal.  We also sell a larger version of this die, please see our Oversized Roughing Die.

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Roughing Head Die

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SMS-0142 $152.00


Rubber Head

This versatile die can be used to stretch soft sheet, smooth parts you have roughed-in with a roughing-head, or be used for gentle roughing on thin soft sheet (aircraft, art metal). Because it is not as aggressive as the roughing heads, it can be used on thinner sheet than you would with the roughing head dies. It does not leave hammer marks and you can get a very nice finish on some metals by using just the rubber die. Using the rubber die is a very good intermediate step before planishing. We recommend it for smoothing and working soft aluminum, copper, steel, brass, zinc, lead, tin, gold, silver, and pewter.

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Rubber Head Die

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SMS-0143 $144.00


Lower Die - Very High Crown

Use this hardened steel die for rapid stretching of high crowns in conjunction with the roughing head or rubber head dies. In some cases it may be used for planishing up inside very high crowns. If you wanted to make a nice round clearance blister on a racecar or airplane, this would be the die that you would use. Artists  find this die ideal for making distinct hammered marks in their metalwork. 1-5/8″ diameter.

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Note: This video is the same as Roughing Die demo above

Lower Die - Very High Crown

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SMS-0145 $76.00